One of the toughest tasks facing animal shelter employees is when pets have to be put down. While it seems immeasurably cruel, particularly as the people who work at these facilities are among the most loyal supporters of animals, there are firm constraints on how many pets can be housed there.
Such was the case at the Ozark City Animal Shelter in Alabama, when a four-year old mixed-breed male dog was scheduled to be put down after failing to find a new family within the allocated time.
The case was all the more sad because he’d been brought to the center after being hit by a car, and had only just recovered from that incident.
However, the rules are the rules, and the veterinarian at the center carried out the task of injecting the dog – who was unnamed at that time – with the chemical designed to put him to sleep. The …