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Animal shelter is responding to a woman’s claim that she discovered her puppy alive after being told it had been put down

An animal shelter has responded after a woman said that after consulting with the shelter to make the difficult decision to euthanize her dog, she later saw him alive for adoption.

Kristie Pereira came forward earlier this month to claim that her dog Beau — whom she adopted in 2022 from a local Maryland group, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) — was back alive and healthy for adoption, despite allegedly had believed that he ‘had been put down.

And now the rescue center refuses to give him back to her.

Serious health problems

The 32-year-old told the Associated Press that within weeks of adopting the two-month-old puppy, it became clear something was wrong. A vet later determined that Beau may have had a problem with his liver, so she was sent home with liver enzymes. .

However, as his condition worsened, three vets reportedly all agreed that he must have a serious neurological problem, leaving him unable to lift his hind legs or control his bowels.

To confirm their findings, they had to conduct tests that Pereira said would cost as much as $12,000.

After being told that there was “a very small chance that there was something wrong” even with the tests, and “an even smaller chance that it was something (that they could) fix,” she claims that the subject of euthanasia came up came.

Pereira claims she received “support and encouragement” and said that “sometimes that’s the best thing to do” by Lost Dog & Cat Rescue staff and so took Beau to Montgomery County Animal Services to have him put down, adding that she was reportedly told I couldn’t be with him when it happened.

But a year later, she saw Beau on the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Services website, after which the shelter had spoken out and provided a detailed timeline of events.

Pereira adopted Beau in 2022 (Fox 5/YouTube)

Pereira adopted Beau in 2022 (Fox 5/YouTube)

What happened to Beau after Kristie thought he had fallen asleep

According to a publication on the website, the shelter reported on December 10, 2022 that the dog – since named Amos Hart – had been adopted from the shelter.

On March 16, 2023, an update was said to have been given on his ‘failing health’ – indeed, ‘a neurological condition that would affect his quality of life’.

The shelter claims that when euthanasia was discussed as an option, it ‘advised (Pereira) to be with Amos through (it) (…) (advised) the importance of being with your pet for their peaceful transition’ and or not, offered to take Amos ‘back’.

However, it wasn’t until April 12 when it reportedly heard an update: “an unsolicited email from Montgomery County Animal Services (MCAS) stating that Amos Hart had been surrendered to them for euthanasia.”

“LDCRF was unaware and unaware of the former adopter’s independent decision to euthanize Amos Hart, nor her choice of a provincial shelter to do so after surrendering him,” the shelter added .

She said when she contacted the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation to get Beau back, they refused (Fox 5/YouTube)

She said when she contacted the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation to get Beau back, they refused (Fox 5/YouTube)

So on April 18, the shelter picked up the dog and reported to MCAS “that they had observed no neurological symptoms while in their care (03/26/2023 to 04/18/2023).”

The pup was reported to have ‘liver insufficiency and required a special diet and medication (enulose)’ and when he was neutered, the shelter was told by a vet that he also had a ‘possible liver shunt’ – and was given he was given certain medications and was placed on special food.

The ‘liver shunt’ was confirmed via ultrasound and CT scan on July 28, a GoFundMe was started by a volunteer at the shelter to pay for the pup’s surgery and he underwent the procedure on September 20, 2023.

In April 2023, it was reported that Amos was “doing great” and had “cleared all follow-up tests with VRA and BRVA (blood tests)” before being “placed for adoption on 5/24/2023.”

What Amos – also known as Beau – looks like now (Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation)

What Amos – also known as Beau – looks like now (Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation)

Why the rescue shelter won’t give Beau back

The LDCRF statement adds: “We cannot speak to the interactions or agreements made between the former adopter and other shelters or veterinarians.

“And while we are grateful for it, we cannot comment on the Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS) decision not to euthanize Amos Hart as requested by the former owner.”

It emphasized that it “does not rehome pets from previous owners who have surrendered them for euthanasia,” adding that it is “terribly inconsistent” with its “core mission” to “save adoptable pets.” by euthanasia’.

Despite being noted “with all due respect,” it “assumes that previous owners have exhausted all options and considerations.” for making the difficult but permanent decision to renounce their rights and give up their pets’, says it ‘cannot speak’ against Pereira’s ‘decision to choose a municipal shelter’, because it would have discouraged her from ‘choosing a place where she could not live’. present’.

It concludes: “Finally, we reject the false claim that our rescue ever criticized the former owner for not conducting extensive testing. We would not and do not judge others so arrogantly.

“Pet medical decisions are emotionally charged and involve delicate financial considerations for which we have only empathy and understanding.

“And as this case shows, not all predicted medical outcomes can be predicted with certainty.”

UNILAD has contacted Pereira and Montgomery County Animal Services for comment.

Featured image credits: YouTube/Fox 5

Topics: animals, dogs, American news, animal cruelty

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