• PETS OPPOSED: Is euthanizing pets to be buried with dead owners OK?

    May 24th, 2019 by admin Categories: Blogs

    RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Sometimes, people love their pets too much. Such was the case with Emma, a healthy Shih Tzu mix that was recently euthanized after its late owner left explicit instructions the dog be put down – and laid to rest – with her.

    It’s a practice that’s not only cruel, but one, that in most cases here in Virginia, is illegal.

    “Emma” arrived at the Chesterfield Animal Shelter on March 8. During her two-week stay, shelter personnel had several discussions with the executor of the dead woman’s estate, trying to talk him out of euthanizing the dog so it could be laid to rest with its master, but to no avail.

    It’s a scenario that left shelter employees heartbroken.

    “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. “Ultimately, they came back in on March 22nd and redeemed the dog.”

    Emma was transported to a local vet’s office, euthanized and her remains were taken to a Richmond pet cremation center. Her ashes were then placed in an urn and returned to the authorized representative of the estate, in accordance with the dead woman’s will.

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