Vet's plea after putting down 5 dogs in one day
A vet has issued an urgent, heartfelt plea to owners after having to put down five completely healthy dogs in one day.
The vet, who wants to remain anonymous, says the issue of puppy overpopulation has become a huge problem.
They said: "The dogs I put down today were not sick, they were not injured, they were not old and they were not unhealthy in any way. They were not untamed and they were not aggressive.
"They were perfect, healthy and normal dogs.
"There was no reason for them to lose their lives today other than that they were failed by humans because of the current overpopulation crisis of domestic animals particularly dogs that so few people are prepared to accept and try to understand."
The vet added: "The dogs that I put down today were so excited to see me.
"How lucky they were to have someone in their kennel giving them attention and maybe just maybe they'd even be so lucky as to be taken out for a walk - their tails were wagging and everyone was jumping for joy."
When the vet says they try everything to make the task easier for the dog, including letting the dogs stay in their kennels, or "doing it on the grass outside so that the dogs can walk for a bit to experience one last bit of freedom and fresh air."
The vet said many animal welfare organisations and some shelters have no choice but to euthanise dogs when they simply run out of space.
On the day of writing, they had decided to put the dogs down in their kennels after choosing to sedate them so 'that they are sleeping when their lives end and not wagging their tails looking' at the vet.
"In their final moments I tell each of them that I am sorry and for those who leave behind friends, puppies or siblings I promise them that I will take care of them and do my very best to find them homes or see that they are cared for properly.
"These are trivial words compared to what I should be saying to them but it’s hard to give them the apology they so deserve in the short time it takes for the life to leave their little bodies."
They added: "I’m so sorry that they were born into a world that didn’t have space for them and so many others.
"I’m sorry that they weren’t pretty enough or the right breed to be one of the chosen ones
"I’m sorry that for months or for some of them nearly a year countless people walked past their cage and decided not to choose them or to leave and rather choose to buy a puppy somewhere else instead."
The vet said they have adopted eight dogs themselves.
They ask people to volunteer at their local animal shelter, donate where they can towards sterilisation programs and, crucially, to adopt rather than shop.
The vet finishes saying: "I do hope that in my lifetime I could live in a world where no healthy animal is euthanised due to lack of space, lack of homes or lack of resources available.
"I’m not sure if I will ever get to see that be a reality but I think we all know by now that I will never give up trying."