Animal Control Officer: dog was euthanized 'humanely'
Rockport — Police have been unable to locate the owner of a 3-year-old black Labrador retriever that was found deceased in Rockport but, according to the animal control officer, the animal did not suffer.
The dog's remains were found by a woman hiking on Mount Pleasant trails March 3.
Rockport Animal Control Officer Maynard Stanley said it is unlikely Rockport Police will pursue charges in the case because the facts don't show a crime has been committed.
“This is a tough situation, but everything is pointing to a case of a desperate dog owner not being able to afford to have the dog put down properly,” Stanley said. “Some people can’t afford the $125 to have it done by a vet and the $300 or so for cremation, so things like this happen, but no laws were broken.”
The dog weighed approximately 30 pounds, had no identification and no health issues prior to its death, Stanley said. The animal was shot somewhere else and left on Mount Pleasant, he said.
Stanley said he took the remains to several veterinary clinics and animal shelters and staff at each confirmed the dog was put down in a humane nature and it did not suffer.
“In some cases a dog owner may live in an apartment or rent a house and not own property, so they dump the remains somewhere else,” he said. “Whoever owned the dog just did not dispose of the remains properly.”
In some cases, dog owners see no other option due to unforeseen circumstances like having to move or the loss of a job. Increasing costs of surrendering a pet is also an issue that causes owners to euthanize animals rather than take them to a shelter.
“It is sad no matter how you look at it,” Stanley said.
The situation has sparked a lot emotion among dog lovers in the community, according to Stanley, and he said a local resident has come forward to cover the expenses of properly taking care of the remains.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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