Dog owners are often kind people. It takes a certain type of human to be able to accept the love of a dog. They need a warm and open heart – which means that many dog owners get very connected to their animals and do not want to be apart from them for long periods of time. But in this story, a dog owner loved their pooch so much, that when they died, they ordered to have the perfectly healthy dog euthanized so it could be buried in the ground along with them.
Despite her prime health, the six-year-old Shih Tzu mix, Emma, was put down to fulfill her deceased owner’s final wishes. Because the dog’s owner demanded to have Emma killed so her remains could be buried alongside the owner’s, people in the local community fought to keep Emma alive. There was no reason to kill her. She was perfectly healthy, and the woman who wanted her dead was already gone from his world – who would really know if her dying wishes were fulfilled or not.
However, the owner’s instructions could not be clearer. They indicated that Emma was to be euthanized so she could be laid to rest alongside the dog owner.
“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,” Carrie Jones, the manager of Chesterfield Animal Services, told CNN affiliate WWBT.
While Emma was awaiting her death sentence, she was held at the Chesterfield shelter. Staff at the shelter grew to love Emma and did not want to see her killed without a health reason. It was strange to hear that the owner wanted to bring Emma down in the grave with her rather than allowing her to live on and enjoy a good life with another family.
The executor of the estate visited the shelter on March 22 ready to take Emma and have her euthanized. The executor had no sympathy for the small dog and was eager only to execute the will of the deceased pet owner.
At that time, the shelter begged the estate executor to give Emma another chance. They said they were going to have a home ready for her very soon as soon as they had permission to do so. But the executor declined. They brought Emma to the vet, had her euthanized, and then brought her corpse to the pet cremation center in Richmond, Virginia.
Her ashes were collected in an urn and returned to the woman’s estate so she could be buried along with the dog owner.
Some people questioned the legality of the event. However, some states do allow animals to be euthanized so they can be buried with their owners. However, in Virginia, this is not the case. With few exceptions, burying an animal with human remains in the same cemetery plot is against the law – despite what the pet owner wanted.
What do you think about this case? Should the dog have been allowed to live?
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