A dog has been euthanized in Virginia after the owner had requested it in her will.
The woman who owned Emma, a Shih Tzu mix, who died on March 8. The dog was kept Chesterfield Animal Shelter before it was picked up on March 22 and then put down. Newspaper WWBT in Richmond first reported
The estate executor picked up Emma, from the animal shelter, where the shelter officials were heartbroken as they had no choice but to hand her over, even knowing what was going to happen to her.
“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,” Chesterfield Animal Services manager Carrie Jones told WWBT. “Ultimately, they came back in on March 22 and redeemed the dog.”
Anita Cullop-Thompson aged 69, Emma’s owner, wanted the dog buried with her pet. Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service owner Larry Spiaggi told NBC News.
Spiaggi, who is also president of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, said he only learned of Cullop-Thompson’s request after his Richmond mortuary handled the woman’s cremation. Over the years, Spiaggi said he’s come across families that have euthanized a late loved one’s pet when the dog or cat was old and couldn’t cope with a new home.
“I do see that point of view, but that wasn’t the case here,” Spiaggi said. “This dog was healthy and friendly, that’s the sad thing about it.”
The family members of Cullop-Thompson, One could not immediately be reached and one declined to discuss the matter.
News of the pet owner’s last request led to outrage on social media.
“Disgusting f—— nonsense,” British comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted Thursday with a BBC story about the dog’s death.
Houston radio personality Rod Ryan said he couldn’t understand how Emma’s death was legal.
“Everyone involved needs to go to jail,” Ryan tweeted Thursday. “A woman who died in Virginia had stipulated that her dog be laid to rest with her … even though it was perfectly healthy.”
The veterinarian who euthanized Emma broke no laws, according to WWBT.