The Jury Talks Back

5/23/2019

Healthy Pet Dog Is Euthanized So It Can Be Buried With Deceased Owner

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 6:11 am

[guest post by Dana]

This is just awful:

Emma, a healthy Shih Tzu mix, was euthanized recently because her owner left explicit instructions in her will: The fur baby was to be put down — and laid to rest with her.

“Heartbroken” shelter volunteers at Chesterfield County Animal Services — where Emma had a two-week reprieve from death — said she was a well-bred, pampered and much-loved pup. They appealed to the executor of the dead woman’s estate, begging them to not go through with ending Emma’s life — but their pleas were ignored.

“We did suggest they could sign the dog over on numerous occasions — because it’s a dog we could easily find a home for and re-home,” Carrie Jones, manager of Chesterfield County Animal Services, tells WWBT NBC. “But ultimately, they came back in on March 22nd and redeemed the dog.”

Emma was taken directly to a vet to be euthanized. After she was cremated, her ashes were placed in an urn and returned to the “authorized representative of the estate,” following her owner’s last wishes to the letter.

Note: While Virginia state code prohibits burying animals with humans in commercial cemeteries, there are exceptions for final resting spaces that are family-owned.

According to reports, a number of veterinarians said that putting a healthy dog down just so it can be buried with its deceased owner is not ethical, and they would not fulfill such a request.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

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