Friday, October 21, 2011

Pet cat put down by vet three hours after it was let out of house

Cat lover Beverley Hume has lodged a complaint after her 25-year-old pet Ginger was put down without permission. The veteran puss was let out into the family’s garden, but disappeared. After a day of frantic searching and phone calls to animal shelters, Beverley discovered Ginger had been destroyed. She has since been told that her beloved pet was put to sleep just three hours after he was let out of the house in Kent Court, Kingston Park, Newcastle. A member of the public spotted Ginger in the street yards from his home and took him to the Benton North Farm Dog and Cat Shelter.

Ginger, who was being treated with antibiotics for a mouth abscess, was transferred to Blythman and Partners vets’ practice in Gosforth where the decision was taken to put him down. Ginger was inherited by Beverley from her parents Gwen and George Clay in 2001 after they died within weeks of each other. Beverley said she was “incensed” when told of Ginger’s death. The family has now launched a Justice for Ginger campaign, including a petition and an official complaint to the Royal College Of Veterinary Surgeons. Beverley, 56, said: “Ginger was put down without consent, without giving us a chance to find him.

“We should have been given at least 24 hours to find him. We believe our rights have been taken away by the vets. We’re all mortified. Ginger was a member of our family. When the vets told me I thought ‘how dare you?’. Some do-gooder lifts him from near his home and takes him to a shelter and three hours later he’s dead. It’s disgusting. He never strayed far from the house and he’d lost his right eye. His own vet treating him in Ponteland said he was a remarkable cat. He’d had a new lease of life recently and was taking his walks and enjoying himself. We’re absolutely mortified.”

Heather Morton, senior partner at Blythman and Partners, said in a statement Ginger was put to sleep because he appeared to be in pain. She said: “She were presented with a very thin, elderly cat crying in pain and having difficulty standing. The cat was presented by Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter where he had been handed in by a concerned member of the public. He had no collar or microchip so was unidentifiable. He was examined by two veterinary surgeons and was screaming in pain due to a tooth root abscess penetrating his jaw and tracking into the eye socket. The decision was made to euthanize on welfare grounds and was necessary to alleviate suffering. The cat’s owner came forward the following day and we discussed our professional reasons for euthanasia and sympathised with their loss. The owner felt the cat was not in pain and disagreed with our decision.”


kolymatram said...

my oldest one got to 16 - i can imagine the heartbreak, incredible good care the puddy got, to get to 25
r.i.p., ginger prince

Eve said...

As horrible as it is to lose a pet - and a close friend - I'm going to side with the vets on this one. It sounds like the infection had spread extremely far and by the vet's account of the cat having difficulty standing, she might have been attacked by another animal or even grazed by a car during her short time outside the garden.

SteveC said...

A good reason to why animals should be chipped. If he had been the owners would have been called.

Ratz said...

SteveC: Whilst I agree with you wholeheartedly, many vets and shelters don't bother checking the chips. Not least of all because they can be quite hard to get an accurate reading from. Several people seem to have ended up with pets from an animal shelter which they duely had chipped only to discover they already were.

kolymatram said...

also : a vet should stop & think for a minute : he(she) can easily see that it was an old puddy tat, so in that state a stray cat wouldn't even have survived - one can easily see (the operated eye) that the animal had been taken care of
he shouldn't have taken care of it in that way
still : :-((((((

Anonymous said...

What responsible pet owner doesn't put an identification collar on a pet that's allowed outside? How else is it not to be mistaken as a mangy stray?

It sounds like "cat lover Beverley" was taking terrible care of Ginger.