Missing Senior Pet Euthanized Without Permission of OwnerPublished November 14, 2011
A missing senior dog who turned up in a local animal hospital has been euthanized without the permission of the dog's owners.
According to Tampa Bay-based 10 News WTSP.com, 17-year-old Basie, a dog who belonged to Allen Holmes and his wife Alison, went missing from their yard on November 1. The dog, who the Holmes' believed couldn't leave the yard due to the fact that she was old and moved relatively slow, left without a collar that had been removed since it seemed to be bothering her.
After frantically searching the neighborhood the same day, the Holmes' visited the local animal shelter to see if Basie had been picked up. At the shelter, they found that the senior pet had already been euthanized and cremated without their permission. She had been put to sleep only a few hours after she had gone missing.
Basie had been picked up by a client of the animal hospital after she had been found roaming the woods. Veterinarians who examined Basie determined (after seeing she had a variety of health conditions) that it was in Basie's best interest to be euthanized.
Naturally, the Holmes family is devastated that they could not be with their family member in her last moments. They felt that she was not quite ready to leave them yet.
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