A 22-year old Lindsay man has been charged with animal cruelty after telling police he put his dog down because he couldn’t pay his vet bill. As Steve Guthrie tells us, the case bringing attention to the financial responsibilities of pet ownership.
The man told police he put the dog down as he thought it was sick and he couldn’t afford the anticipated vet bills.
Henny Venus with the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes says people do drop off pets they can no longer afford
Henny Venus City of Kawartha Lakes Humane Society: “It happens and it happens a little bit more than often that people cannot afford medical treatments or even the euthnasia and they’re seeking help from the Humane societies, then surrender their animals to us, and we will help them out, when we can, and facilitate what we can do to help the people and of course help the animal, get those things done that need to be done for the animals”
A number of people Newswatch spoke to in Lindsay revealed the conflict between dealing with rising vet bills and the need to prevent a sick or injured pet from suffering.
“Can they afford it? No, so what do you do in a case like that? Make the dog suffer, or what ever, I say put it down”
“No matter how a dog is, or a pet for that matter, there’s always a way of getting help, to put your dog down, so you don’t have to do it yourself”
“In my case, I’ve had animals put down, the vet bill was too high, so we couldn’t think of another way, and the animal had to sit there and suffer because we couldn’t afford the vet bill”
“If you are going to have pets nowadays, you need to afford it, cause if you can’t take them to the vet, you can’t feed them, you can’t take care of them, you shouldn’t have an animal, period.
22 year-old Wray Chamberlain of Lindsay has been charged with Cruelty To An Animal and Killing, Injuring or Endangering Animals other than Cattle.
He will appear in court in Lindsay, September 29.
Steve Guthrie CHEX Newswatch Lindsay