A girl took her canine to a shelter to be put down. A 12 months later, the canine is up for adoption | EUROtoday

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Kristie Pereira made the powerful resolution final 12 months to take her desperately sick pet to a Maryland shelter to be euthanized. Last week she was surprised to search out the canine up for adoption on the identical pet rescue centre the place she had gotten it.

“I have a lot of questions, but first and foremost, I want him back with me,” Pereira stated on Friday.

Pereira, who now lives in San Antonio, stated she was working from dwelling in Maryland when she paid $450 in late 2022 to undertake a 2-month-old hound combine from a neighborhood group, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation.

She named the pet Beau, and the 2 rapidly turned inseparable. Beau snuggled subsequent to her as she labored, slept in her mattress and even tagged alongside along with her when Pereira would go away the home. But inside weeks, it turned clear one thing was unsuitable with the pet, Pereira stated.

A veterinarian concluded that the difficulty was more than likely neurological. Blood exams did present the canine may need a liver downside, so Pereira was despatched dwelling with liver enzymes and instructed that she would “see improvement pretty fast” if Beau’s liver was the difficulty.

Beau pose for a photo in Laurel, Md., in January 2023
Beau pose for a photograph in Laurel, Md., in January 2023 (AP)

The canine’s situation solely worsened. The canine’s veterinarian, the clinic’s lead veterinarian and an animal emergency room veterinarian all agreed the canine’s incapability to manage his bowels and elevate his hind legs pointed to a extreme neurological downside, Pereira stated.

The price to run a sequence of exams to search out out, she stated, was quoted as excessive as $12,000. Despite the sticker shock, Pereira, 32, who works in digital advertising, stated she would have discovered a technique to pay it if it will save Beau.

Instead, she was instructed “there’s a very slim chance of finding what is wrong,” she recalled. “And even if we do, there’s an even smaller chance of it being something that we can fix.”

That is once they started suggesting that it may be extra humane to euthanize the pet. She wasn’t prepared to think about that possibility, she stated, and held out for an additional month.

Throughout all of it, Pereira stated, she was consulting employees at Lost Dog & Cat Rescue.

“Honestly, I mean, after I talked to them is really when I felt, you know, that I was going to be doing the right thing by putting him down,” Pereira stated. “They really gave me that support and that encouragement that, although it’s hard, sometimes that’s the best thing to do.”

Following a number of sleepless nights with Beau clearly in ache, Pereira stated she took Beau to Montgomery County Animal Services in Derwood, Maryland, in late March 2023 and paid $15 for him to be euthanized. She was instructed that the shelter’s coverage doesn’t permit folks to stick with their pets as they’re put down.

It was throughout a go to to see her mom in Maryland final week that curiosity despatched her to the rescue’s web site to take a look at canines up for adoption — and noticed Beau’s image. The pet was greater however had the identical markings and bore the identify the rescue had given him earlier than she adopted him: Amos Hart, primarily based on a personality within the musical “Chicago.”

Pereira is seeking answers after the sick dog she took to a shelter to have euthanized turned up more than a year later on a rescue adoption site
Pereira is looking for solutions after the sick canine she took to a shelter to have euthanized turned up greater than a 12 months afterward a rescue adoption website (AP)

Calls to the shelter confirmed that her canine had not been euthanized after veterinarians there did not suppose he wanted to be. The shelter as a substitute referred to as Lost Dog & Cat Rescue and turned the pet again over to them.

The rescue confirmed that Friday in a written assertion, giving an intensive timeline exhibiting that its veterinarians discovered no neurological points with the canine. After exams diagnosing a liver downside and a $7,000 surgical procedure — paid for via a GoFundMe marketing campaign — the canine was declared wholesome.

None of it was shared with Pereira, who stated Friday she would pay the $7,000 price to get Beau again. It took a number of days for anybody on the rescue to return her calls, she stated, and once they did, it was not anybody Pereira had talked with earlier than.

“The person that called me was so rude and just disrespectful and just being really nasty towards me,” she stated, breaking down in tears. “Just saying, you know, that I abandoned him, and that I left him to die. That I never cared about him.”

Pereira was instructed that the canine “won’t ever return to you.” Then the person hung up. The dog remained available for adoption Friday on the rescue’s website.

Rescue spokesperson Chloe Floyd would not answer questions about whether someone at the rescue said those things to Pereira. But she defended the decision not to return the dog.

“LDCRF does not re-home an owner-surrendered dog with its former adopter/owner,” Floyd said in her written statement. “Our mission is to save adoptable and safe-to-the-community dogs from euthanasia.”

The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation signage is displayed on its building in Falls Church
The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation signage is displayed on its building in Falls Church

The rescue acknowledged that it had spoken to Pereira during her deliberation about whether to euthanize the puppy, but it said it had made clear to her the importance of taking the dog to a veterinarian that would allow her to be with the animal when it was euthanized.

The rescue and the shelter both faulted Pereira for not consenting to the extensive testing to see if it was suffering neurological issues.

Caroline Hairfield, executive director of Montgomery County Animal Services, said that it is bound by contract to return surrendered animals back to the rescue and that its hands are tied.

Hairfield said of Pereira that “everybody feels for her,” however that it is as much as the rescue on whether or not it can return the canine to her.

“That’s a civil issue between the two of them,” she stated. “We haven’t had the animal in our care for a year.”