When it comes to legal matters, dogs are treated as property. But they are still living beings and deserve respect.
So what happens when someone dies, and puts it in the will that the dog should immediately be put to sleep too?
That is what one woman decided to do. Connie Lay’s attorney says she had a few possible plans laid out for her dog Bella at her death. One of them being the German Shepard be put down and her ashes put with hers. It’s a fate Bella is set to meet despite objections from volunteers who want to give her a good home.
For now, Bella is being boarded at PAWS of Dearborn County after she was found with her owner Connie Lay at her home who passed away. According to volunteers, she is a smart, well trained, sweet dog who deserves a home. But according to the attorney handling Lay’s estate, that was not her owner’s wishes.
While Attorney Doug Denmure would not mention the other options available, he says the only feasible option listed in the last will and testament is to have Bella put down and her ashes placed with her owner’s. It is an option legal analyst Mike Allen says isn’t entirely uncommon or illegal.
“Animals are considered property and that’s what the point of a will is to dispose of property upon one’s death. You have that conflicting though with rules that say you have to treat animals humanely,” said Allen.
I can’t imagine any ethical veterinarian taking part in this. No one would sign up for a life of making animals healthy, only to kill dogs for such a silly reason.
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