Investigate Euthanasia of Reportedly Docile Dog

Target: Toronto Animal Services Manager, Elizabeth Glibbery

Goal: Investigate the decision to euthanize a dog who was reportedly calm and well behaved and had two potential adopters.

A Rottweiler nicknamed Sewell was put down by Toronto Animal Services after allegedly failing to pass a behavior assessment, despite the dog having reportedly shown no signs of aggression with the veterinary assistant who found him. Sarah Castorina, who found the dog and brought him to the shelter, has stated that the dog exhibited no signs of behavioral issues and was “loveable” and “sweet as can be” during the 24 hours she had him.

She brought him to the shelter for him to be found by his owners if lost, but volunteered to adopt him after his five-day holding period was up. Another potential adopter also showed interest in Sewell. However, when Castorina called to check up on the dog she was told he had been put down for failing his behavioral test. This doesn’t fit with Castorina’s report of the dog’s sweet nature and videos she took showing him lovingly licking her hand.

It is too late to bring Sewell back, but better management practices and transparency on the part of the Toronto Animal Services are necessary to ensure this unfortunate incident does not occur again. Demand that the Toronto Animal Services closely investigate this incident to ensure that no more well behaved dogs with potential adopters are euthanized.


Dear Mrs. Glibbery,

Your shelter recently euthanized a young Rottweiler nicknamed Sewell, despite the dog being reportedly well behaved and having two potential adopters. According to Sarah Castorina, who found Sewell, the dog was “loveable” and showed no signs of aggression.

Castorina had offered to adopt him after his holding period was up but was shocked to hear the dog had been euthanized for behavioral issues. This assessment doesn’t fit with Castorina’s own impression of the dog’s sweet nature and videos she took of Sewell appearing to be calm and affectionate.

While the decision to euthanize animals is no doubt complex, it seems that this particular verdict was made rashly and cost an adoptable animal his life. We demand a proper investigation into this matter to ensure this unfortunate incident does not occur again.


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Photo credit: Sarah Castorina

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  1. sewell should still be alive now. shame on you all now.

  2. Shelli Schmidt says:

    Anybody know what this behavioral test consists of? Seems like a load of bs to me, sure they will come up with some “justified reason” for killing this dog…a beautiful adoptable dog..

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