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Gavros 12:04 Thu May 23
Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
This is just wrong


The unusual death of a woman’s dog in Virginia has sparked outcry and a debate over whether it is ok to kill a healthy pet and bury it with its owner according to their dying wish.

Emma, a shih tzu mix, was euthanised and cremated in March as per its owner’s will. The dog was put down despite the efforts of animal shelter workers who spent two weeks trying to talk the executor of the woman’s estate out of the plan.

Emma was reportedly taken to a vet, put down and then taken to a pet cremation centre in Richmond, Virginia, and the ashes given to the executor in an urn for burial.

“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,” said Carrie Jones, manager of Chesterfield Animal Services.

In Virginia, pets are considered personal property and, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, vets are allowed to perform euthanasia in such cases.


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Some cemeteries are also allowed to bury pets with their owners, so the issue is more an ethical than a legal one.

Dr Kenny Lucas, a veterinarian at the Shady Grove animal clinic, said he wouldn’t go ahead with such a request. “Whenever we’re faced with a euthanasia situation, it’s a very emotional situation – and beyond everything we talk about – that we need to do ethically, and we’ve taken an oath to do,” he told WWBT. “Also it’s something we take home too. It weighs on us as professionals.”

Larry Spiaggi, the president of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association said he found the practice of euthanising a healthy dog and burying it with its owner abhorrent.

A state lawmaker is considering legislation to address the problem.

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Sven Roeder 7:31 Thu May 23
Re: Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
That’s just you feeling guilty at letting the BLACK LAB go without you

Far Cough 7:09 Thu May 23
Re: Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
Fucking disgusting

but it's America...

greenie1 7:05 Thu May 23
Re: Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
They could have let the dog 'escape'

Northern Sold 1:17 Thu May 23
Re: Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
95% of what you come out on here is absolute shit Sven son and that has just nudged it up to 95.1%

Sven Roeder 1:10 Thu May 23
Re: Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
I’ve always said the owner should be put down when the pet dies to be buried with IT
Including goldfish & STICK insects

Northern Sold 1:08 Thu May 23
Re: Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
Grumpy Cat dies aged seven:




Ahhhh... sad news :-(

gph 12:57 Thu May 23
Re: Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
Can't see why anyone would do this unless they believed in ridiculous notions of an afterlife.

In her mind, she and her pooch were going to be running through endless Elysian fields full of daisies

Crassus 12:20 Thu May 23
Re: Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
FFS
Woman is best dead

Mad Dog 12:18 Thu May 23
Re: Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner
What a cunt


Loved the dog so much she wanted it dead. Fucking twat





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