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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A local man says his 13-week-old puppy died from a severe infection after he was neutered at a local humane society.

Kevin Prebish says his family is heartbroken their puppy had to be put down after a routine procedure. Now, he wants to hold the Humane Society of Southern Arizona accountable.

“He liked his Frisbee, he was a big chewer, we got brand new furniture and so we were like oh we need to get him a chew toy,” Prebish said.

That chew toy is one of the things the Prebish Family will hold closely to their hearts. Kevin says they wanted to be good dog owners so they got their 13-week-old Border Collie puppy, Murphy, neutered.

“We sought out the humane society, we had some experience with them in other states, they’re generally a good agency,” Prebish said.

They picked him up later that day and Prebish agreed with the Humane Society that the procedure went well and the incision site looked fine. But things started to go south for the pup a couple of days later.

They took him to the vet and that is when they said his underside was infected. He had blood blisters and was in a lot of pain. They had to put him to sleep.

“Something so vicious and so fast acting is just mind blowing,” Prebish said.

Prebish ordered a Necropsy to find out what happened to Murphy. The report came back and said Murphy’s body was taken down by E-Coli. Prebish said he believes Murphy caught the infection at the Humane Society. He said he wants to speak with their medical team to find out exactly what happened, but he is getting nowhere.

“It’s been tough, we have three kids in the household so it’s been hard,” Prebish said.

Humane Society of Southern Arizona spokesperson Samantha Esquivel sent us this statement:

"We do know of the situation and are cooperating with Mr. Prebish. Our sympathy goes out to Mr. Prebish, and we’re very sorry for the loss of his beautiful puppy, Murphy.

Our internal investigation into the matter shows no cause for concern in our practices. Every pet who crosses our threshold gets the highest quality care. There were no complications during Murphy’s surgery. The HSSA Spay & Neuter Clinic follows the strictest veterinary practices to ensure a sterile environment, practices that go above and beyond industry standards. Murphy left our clinic with no post-operative symptoms of concern.

We would also very much like to know what happened in this situation. We have met with Mr. Prebish, and have also engaged an independent party to help us share information. Post-mortem medical testing was performed on Murphy, and we have requested a copy of this report from Mr. Prebish. Without the report, we are unable to gain or offer further information."

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