The dog stayed at the kennels for three days while the owner was out on vacation. The dog's corpse was placed in a black bag and wrapped in duct tape to prevent the spread of the virus, according to the dog sitters.
Handling pets can be hard especially when you are traveling and to solve this problem there are dog sitters available. They place your pet in a kennel and take care of them until you return. At least that's the impression Kirsten Kinch had. She left her husky at the kennels while on a three-day holiday. When she returned, the kennel staff handed over a black bag wrapped in duct tape. She was informed that during the stay at the kennel, her husky had passed away. They informed her that the dog had to be wrapped up in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
The kennel owner should have perhaps dealt with this better.....— Jb73 (@Baggie73) April 24, 2019
On December 27, 2018, Kinch was traveling with her family to Iceland for three days. The woman from Ireland left her pet husky Nova at P&E Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Dublin. As reported by the Daily Mail, Nova had an ongoing issue with colitis which was being successfully treated with steroids in the months prior to her demise. Before Kinch left for her family vacation, she made sure to take Nova to the vet and have her checked. The vet informed Kinch that everything was fine and she could leave the dog at the kennels and go on the trip.
However, after she returned back from the trip, she was shocked to hear that her husky had passed away. She went to pick up Nova from the kennels on the December 31st and instead of seeing her cute pet run to her, she was faced with a bag wrapped in tape with Nova's corpse inside. She was told that Nova passed away due to excessive internal bleeding. Kinch shared the news of her dog on Facebook. The woman from Dublin said that the staff at the kennel told her that they had found Nova "with blood coming from her" early that morning.
Kinch was very disturbed after learning about the death of Nova. At first, she thought it was some kind of "horrible joke, considering we had left a healthy dog to be cared for three days earlier." She was horrified to see that the dog was put inside a black bag which was further wrapped in duct tape. She wrote: I was brought in to see my gorgeous dog who had been wrapped in what I can only describe as a ball in a black bag which was covered in masking tape."She added: I was brought in to see my gorgeous dog who had been wrapped in what I can only describe as a ball in a black bag which was covered in masking tape.
There was clearly so little care and empathy in the way she had been handled and dealt with since finding her. There are no words to describe how upsetting and traumatic it was to carry her to the car and take her home in what seemed a completely inhuman way. Kinch took her dog to a trusted vet who confirmed using a microchip that the animal was Nova. Paddy Cullen from P&E boarding kennels said his family has received death threats since the sharing of Kinch's post. In an interview with Metro News, he explained that when he went to let the dogs out in the morning, Nova was dead with a "big pile of blood from her behind".
"I rang the vet and was told to wrap up the dog so as not to infect the other dogs," he added. "What other way could we do it? We were concerned about the spread of parvovirus. We were told to seal the bag so nothing could escape,' he added that the dog was too big to place in the freezer. Since the lady put it on Facebook, we have had nothing but hate mail and death threats and people saying they will burn down our house."
The dog was said to be suffering from Colitis, which is an inflammatory bowel disease that results in the inflammation of the colon in dogs. The symptoms are similar to that of parvovirus which if left untreated can kill within 72 hours. After Kinch announced the news of her dog's death on Facebook, a petition to shut down the P&E Boarding Kennels was started. The petition received around 3000 signatures within just five hours. Kinch told Metro News that she has sent an email to the facility demanding for answers and "still to this day I never received any kind of contact back from the kennels." She concluded, "Nova was a once in a lifetime kind of dog for me and my family and has left a hole that will always be impossible to fill."