Texas Vets Allegedly Euthanize This Dog for Being Old

Look at that face, how could someone kill her? Allegedly two Texas vets did just that on October 6th at a  Texas Shelter even after two fosters offered  to help her out. Her crime? BEING OLD.
She deserved a second chance, but allegedly these two doctors, didn't think so.
Many, many senior dogs are put down for no reason other than old age. Yes seniors often have health problems, but no more than any poorly bred puppy mill pup. Yes, your time with a senior is limited, but they come already house trained and full of doggy wisdom.
This really struck a nerve in me because I adopted my own Japanese Chin senior when he was old too. He has given me four years so far of unconditional love and been a pure delight to live with. He enjoys his toys and runs in the park as much as any younger dog. I don't know a single person who has adopted a senior and regretted it. Not one.
I emailed the veterinarians, who allegedly refused to let her be fostered. They did not respond. Many Jap Chin rescue groups would have taken her in, yet these doctors chose to end her life, why? Volunteer staff on hand claim there was nothing wrong with her except for her age.
Why is it that these doctors info pages at one of the businesses they run, paint them as animal lovers, yet they chose to kill this one? Was it because she couldn't make them any money ? Most vets under county contract are paid per procedure. Is it possible that letting a foster take her would cut into what they get paid for killing dogs? If caring for animals was a priority instead of looking at her as a procedure fee wouldn't they have let her go into the rescue system? Many rescues would have paid any medical bills she would incur.
To make this even more suspicious, the volunteer workers claim that the  County City Council voted to get rid of these two veterinarians from their payroll yet they fought back by getting lawyers to keep them in.  When did running a shelter become so lucrative? Had they been terminated in August as the City Council wanted  perhaps the sweet faced little girl pictured above would still be alive.

The headline of a corporation they own says this -


 Really? Someone should have told that poor Japanese Chin.

 Why are volunteers at the shelter calling for the removal of these doctors? Why did the city council become dissatisfied with their employment?
And why are not more people outraged?

I am reprinting here the words of a Texas volunteer who works with rescue and alerted us about this dog.

I have rescued pekingese in Texas and there is a huge wonderful peke network out in cyberland who helps. When a peke landed in this shelter, my response was always the same until lately. This shelter WAS WONDERFUL. They had a fantastic foster program and the furry fuzzies went to fosters asap until adopted. We were not needed to rescue them. I told folks No worries. Please move on to one in danger. A few months ago the county 'let go' the wonderful director and hired a team of 2 vets who had their own for profit agenda. Things changed drastically and many dogs died needlessly.
. This little senior was owner surrendered October 6 because she is old. 2 volunteer folks were there and begged to take her home to forever foster for the rest of her time on earth. The vets took her and killed her the same day. This is unacceptable and MUST CHANGE! I have been told city council voted the vets out in August but the vets hired a lawyer to appeal so they are still in charge of the shelter. Please share. This is just one dog. Imagine how many others. 
frown emoticon we rescued a Japanese Chin senior that could be this one's twin. She was adopted and had a happy life until she passed on her own terms. Even if the 2 fosters had been denied, we would have taken her and R.D. would have given her a fantastic senior life. This baby was a dollar sign and never given a chance. What kind of vets would do this when great alternative options were standing in front of them?

NOTE: after this was originally published, one of the doctors did respond.
He claimed that he examined the 12 yr old Chin and found her to  have a heart murmur grade 4 to possibly 5/6, cataracts, and some arthritis. The owner said she has seizures.These are all typical conditions for a 12 yr old Japanese Chin.  None of which would deter a breed rescue from taking her in, nor would it deter some from adopting her.
Cataract surgery is common in this breed and many dogs live happy lives even with cataracts. Both her heart condition, seizures and arthritis are easily controlled with the proper meds and diet. I have accomplished this myself as have many others.
But here is the part that really bothered me. The woman who owned this Chin surrendered her to animal control. The vet claims he was in surgery and examined the Chin after she left and that he called her and asked if the Chin could be put into foster care..he claims the woman said no, she wanted her put down. Well that may be true, and in some states if an owner tells a vet clinic to euthanize a dog they are required by law to do so..but this woman didn't take her dog to a vet clinic, she took her to animal control and surrendered her.

Therefore a suitable breed rescue could have been called  but wasn't. Two volunteer rescue people were there when the Chin was surrendered and offered to foster her. When I asked the vet about this he replied the dog would have suffered in the care of these fosters. Well, if they are such bad volunteers why is he letting them work there?
I have already contacted the shelter and told them this has to stop. And I honestly think enough media attention has happened now that at this particular Texas shelter, it won't happen again. But that is just one shelter. Shelters all over America consider age a factor when disposing of dogs. We need to educate people on the value of our senior dogs.
 I don't know how a person can call themselves compassionate and put a needle  in a dog like this when the dog has other options. We can't bring her back and give her the meds and love she needed. But we can adopt another senior in need. October is senior month. I love my adopted senior who is well into his teens. His small adoption fee was the best money I ever spent, so please consider a senior dog.
Look at her little face..and do it in her honor.

Please note many reader comments that named the person and the facility that killed this dog have been removed for obvious reasons. Thanks, and if you care about the plight of senior dogs please share. One final note, I have  just received photos of deplorable conditions in that shelter and permission to publish a letter presented verbally to the council leaders complaining of the management of the facility by these two veterinarians. The names of the doctors are omitted by me for obvious reasons. Quite honestly, the state of Texas should be ashamed.

Dear Commissioners,
Since voting unanimously to remove (omitted) Corporation as the managing entity at (shelter name omitted), things seem to have hit a standstill.  Nothing has happened, no sweeping changes have been made, no exit date has been given, no plan has been presented to the public, the animals continue to suffer.  I can say the animals continue to suffer because an employee who does not want to be identified, said they have just quit counting the number of animals "DIK".  That means dead in kennel.  Another volunteer stated that one of the cat kennel techs does not fill out any treatment sheets at all, just waits for them to stop eating/drinking and die on their own.  The last 2 Saturdays, fosters have shown up at the shelter for sick clinic, with their sick animals needing to be seen by a vet, only to be told there were no vets there!  Fosters and volunteers continue to be confused by constantly changing protocols and rules.  

Per the letter you received on September 2 , written by a former employee, false medication logs are frequently filled out, medical care is not up to par (not by a long shot), employees are fired under false pretenses. Here's one piece of that letter:  I recall one event where I was pulled off feral room duty and placed elsewhere for a few days, only to return to feral room to find the door locked and when opened kennels full of animals who had not been fed or watered, some deceased with mold on their food, mold that did not get there if they had been fed and watered the day before.   Why in the world would you allow this to continue for even one more day?  It's unethical, disgusting and illegal!  Another former employee has said that they also adjust the time clock so that no one gets overtime, even if that employee is still working.  I'm sure you realize laws are being broken.  The rescue group I volunteer with has been banned from pulling animals, because a few of our volunteers have spoken out about (omitted) Corp.  This too is illegal.  Our right to speak out about abuses and violations seen at an animal control facility is protected by federal law.  I even asked you to remedy the situation and that request was ignored.  Luckily, the ACLU does take such cases.

I've heard over and over again that situations arise that need immediate attention and Dr. XXX, Dr. ZZZ are unreachable.  Dr. XXX has even been heard to say that he has no emotions for animals at all.  Um...maybe he should not be working in a shelter that's supposed to be saving and caring for animals??  And do I need to mention the inappropriate behavior exhibited by Dr.ZZZ?  You know, behavior like referring to a former employee as "Ms. Booty" to various employees, volunteers and random members of the public?  How about asking an employee (who is no longer working there...imagine that) to "tuck him in" while attending an out of town conference?  

The accumulation of evidence from January to the present should be more than enough to terminate the contract with (omitted) Corp.  When can we expect them to leave?  When will the public be presented with the new management plan for the shelter?  I've watched (omitted) County Animal Control go from wanting to be more like (name omitted) from years past, to being a shelter we need to look to for direction.  Dr. White is the lead vet there now and he is amazing. Can we expect to see someone like him as the lead vet at (name omitted) soon?  You have an army of volunteers waiting to return to the shelter and help take it in the right direction.  We attended the Target Zero meeting, we've come to you in court, we've written you, we've met with you...and still we wait.

Authors note: in only a few days there has been  much furor over the death of this Chin and the poor conditions at the shelter. reports that the vets who run the facility will be out soon.


The Dangers of Dog Dentals

For most dog owners, having your vet perform dental work cannot be avoided. Despite the millions of dollars spent on dental sticks, toothpaste and chew bones, most dogs undergo a dental complete with anesthesia several times in their lifetime. Occasionally, the dog doesn't wake from anesthesia but there are other dangers as well.
Small dogs are at risk of having their jaws broken or fractured when teeth are extracted. This happens far more than the veterinary world would like to admit. In addition, dogs can have their jaws dislocated and begin to suffer from TMJ due to having had a dental. A few, but not many, veterinarians will follow up a dental with xrays to be sure there has been no damage. And always make sure that you give all the antibiotics prescribed as bacteria can get into the bloodstream during a dental.
All that being said it makes having a dental pretty scary. But if you don't, the repercussions are even worse. Some people give raw bones to help prevent tartar but too many raw bones wear down the tooth enamel and cause teeth to crack. So my suggestion is to adopt a good dental routine and stick with it. And have your dogs teeth professionally scaled at least once a year. If there is not much tartar to deal with the vet can sometimes do this with no anesthesia..just remember that after tooth extractions to watch your dog closely the next few months for signs of discomfort.


What You Don't Know About Pet Cremation

What to do with your dog's remains is one decision we never want to make. But one we must. In many cities, including mine, burying in the yard is not allowed. That leaves either a very expensive burial plot in a pet cemetery or a cremation. Here are some things you need to know about pet cremation before choosing a crematorium..
Pet cremation is largely an unregulated industry.
Fraud is abundant in the industry. At one local clinic, the man who picks up the bodies for cremation has no license and pays someone to cremate the bodies for him. He is given a bucket full of ashes that he puts in boxes, tags them and returns them to the clinic. He has no idea what dogs are really in the boxes he returns. How do I know this? Because I did some digging. And I visited the crematorium  he used and asked questions of the half stoned teenager who was the only employee on the premises  watching over the cremations in progress. And I later found out that it is not illegal because the industry is unregulated. I then contacted a pet cemetery burial service that also offers cremation, asked a lot of questions, and learned a lot.
The terms used by pet crematoriums are not consistent and are not required to be by law.
For example, one crematory business may tell you that your beloved companion will be individually cremated and you will receive the ashes back in a lovely urn. But the term individual cremation does NOT mean your dog is the only one in the chamber! It only means that each dog was put in the chamber individually. That means they may share ( and probably will) the chamber with another dog or dogs. Small dogs are usually crammed in with larger dogs, the larger bodies fall onto the small ones and the ashes are mixed. Think about that..
You are not getting what you think you are paying for.
The crematorium owner I spoke with estimates that the majority of dog owners who paid for an individual cremation did not receive back their pets ashes. That means when you take your beloved dog to his favorite spot and bury his ashes it probably really isn't your dog. And all those little urns in your cabinet of each of your beloved pets probably also contain in part, someone else's beloved pet.
How do you avoid this? It isn't easy. Don't take the word of your veterinary clinic that their guy who does this is on the up and up. Engage a service that does both pet burial and has their own crematorium on the premises and does not farm out to other crematoriums. That is all you can do and  still there is no guarantee. Not until we demand regulations for pet cremation. My dog is family. I want him treated as such.