RICHMOND, Va. — Veterinarians and funeral properties in Virginia are rejecting the concept that pets must be buried with their homeowners after a current case through which a wholesome canine was euthanized so it may lie together with her proprietor.
WWBT-TV in Richmond reviews employees at one animal shelter tried to speak the executor of the property out of the plan. They failed and the Shih Tzu combine named Emma was euthanized and cremated. The canine’s ashes had been positioned in an urn and given to the property’s consultant.
“We did counsel they might signal the canine over on quite a few events, as a result of it’s a canine we may simply discover a dwelling for and re-home,” stated Carrie Jones, supervisor of Chesterfield Animal Companies.
Dr. Kenny Lucas says whereas it’s an emotional scenario, he stated his clinic gained’t do it.
“At any time when we’re confronted with a euthanasia scenario, it’s a really emotional scenario – and past every part we discuss – that we have to do ethically, and we’ve taken an oath to do, it’s one thing we take dwelling too,” Lucas stated. “It weighs on us as professionals.”
At his funeral dwelling, Larry Spiaggi, president of the Virginia Funeral Administrators Affiliation, has Peace, a chocolate Labrador retriever and licensed remedy canine that he retains on the funeral dwelling to assist purchasers by their grief. As for euthanizing a wholesome canine and burying it with its proprietor, he stated he finds the observe abhorrent.
“I’m licensed by the state of Virginia, so I’ve a license on the road with the Well being Professionals Board,” Spiaggi stated. “So I can’t do it.”
Virginia regulation typically forbids burying pets with people.
A state lawmaker is contemplating laws to deal with the issue.
Data from: WWBT-TV, http://www.wwbt.com/