The American Veterinary Medical Association states that in Virginia, licensed veterinarians, certified euthanasia technicians, animal control officers, and human investigators are all allowed to perform euthanasia.
Dying people have a lot of wishes they want to be fulfilled before the pass away, and some of it can be the most bizarre things you've ever heard of. But, this one right here has to be the cruelest one ever. Emma, a Shih Tzu mix, a perfectly healthy pooch, was euthanized because of her owner. Apparently, the late owner's dying wish was that Emma should also be laid to rest with her. According to CNN, the dog was taken to a shelter after her owner passed. Chesterfield County Animal Shelter in Chesterfield, Virginia took her in for almost two weeks after March 8th.
During this period, people at the shelter were in regular contact with the executor of the dead woman's estate, in a bid to try and keep the dog alive. "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 told WWBT. On March 22, the executor came to the shelter to get the dog, despite the shelter offering to find a home for Emma.
A healthy dog was euthanized and buried with its dead owner after the woman left specific instructions in her will for her pet, Shih Tzu mix Emma, to be killed and put in her casket with her.— The Talk (@TheTalkCBS) May 22, 2019
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The executor denied all offers and then took Emma to a local veterinarian where she was euthanized. Later, she was taken to a pet cremation center in Richmond, Virginia. Her ashes were placed in an urn and returned to the representative of the woman's estate. It depends on the place you live in when it comes to cemeteries and their laws. So where you live will tell you if you can bury your pet along with you.
When it comes to Emma's situation, it is surprising that a veterinarian actually agreed to perform the euthanasia because there are several people who wouldn't. Dr. Kenny Lucas with the Shady Grove Animal Clinic said he wouldn't do it. "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 said. "Also it's something we take home too. It weighs on us as professionals."
As you can imagine, the dead woman's will -- to have her healthy dog put down and buried with her -- has sparked quite a bit of controversy. https://t.co/Hmk2QGudoR— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) May 22, 2019
Virginia, in 2014, made a law that legalized burying your pets along with you. This means cemetery companies can have a specific area devoted to human remains and the pets of the deceased humans. The law clearly states that there must be a clearly marked part of the property to create sections where pets and humans are buried together. It also states that no human and pet can be buried together in the same grave, crypt or niche.
Not sure what I think about this. A healthy dog euthanized so that it could be buried with its owner. I am as bonded with my dogs as anyone and would rather they live the full length of their lives than have their lives ended just because mine did. https://t.co/uTOSedn3wf— Chuck Bell (@ChuckBell4) May 22, 2019
Other places like Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey have similar laws. There are states that allow humans to be cremated first, and then have their ashes buried in pet cemeteries. Then there are other states that allow pets to be buried with human remains in a family plot or in an adjacent section for animals. There are states that forbid any of this entirely. Again, it all depends on the place you stay in.
The veterinarian that perfomed the euthanasia should lose any right to practice. It is unethical to kill a healthy animal. There was no physical suffering to alleviate. I euthanized my dog tonight (lymphoma) and this makes me furious.— John Bolton's Intrepid Moustache (@AdamReizner) May 23, 2019
The American Veterinary Medical Association states that in Virginia, licensed veterinarians, certified euthanasia technicians, animal control officers, and human investigators are all allowed to perform euthanasia. People just could not believe what had happened, and that someone would actually want to euthanize a perfectly healthy dog just so that its owner could rest in peace.
The outrage is interesting tho given the number of healthy young animals euthanized , left homeless at shelters. And blinders need to be removed on the suffering and perils of non dog animals. What goes on in factory farming is far worse yet ppl are more upset at this— Mary Miller🦍🐵🐷🐸🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘 (@ClubMaryMiller) May 22, 2019
A user on Reddit commented: Dog owners claim to care about their dogs above all else, but in all reality, dogs exist purely for their owners' enjoyment and happiness, and not one bit the other way around. The only reason to keep dogs happy is to keep them in a more tolerable mood and one that's more conducive to providing their owners with the perceived benefits of their existence. Another added: This doesn’t seem at all ethical. Did the owner “love” it so much that if the owner dies, so much the dog?! Codependency at its worst.