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Post  Admin on Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:34 pm

RSPCA loss after Caernarfon pet is put down

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The charity said the dog was suffering ill health

The RSPCA has lost out on part of a£400,000 legacy after a pet dog was put down.
Blackie's owner Claude Atack, 80, from Caernarfon, Gwynedd, had specified that any charity which found his pet a home would get a large part of his estate.
Solicitor Dewi Pritchard Jones thought the dog was in good health and was shocked he had been put down.
But the RSPCA said Blackie was found to suffer from numerous health problems, and was put down on humane grounds.

Mr Atack was found collapsed at his home by concerned neighbours when they realised they had not seen him walking sheepdog Blackie on 29 January.
"He walked Blackie four times a day, and he lived for the dog," said Mr Pritchard Jones.
Mr Atack died in hospital on 1 February.
A neighbour initially looked after Blackie, then he was handed over to the RSPCA.
"I wasn't concerned because their leaflets state that they do not put animals down without good reason. I thought he was safe," said the solicitor.
He added that Mr Atack had stated in his will that his estate should be shared between different charities, but with no less than one fifth going to an animal charity.

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Dewi Pritchard Jones, solicitor

But verbally he had told his solicitor that more of his estate should be given to any charity which found Blackie a new home.
He had stipulated that he could be "especially generous" to any charity which found his dog a home.
Mr Pritchard Jones said that a couple, who do not wish to be named but who knew Mr Atack, came forward to offer Blackie a home on 8 February.
They traced him to an RSPCA kennel at Shrewsbury, but were told he had already been put down on the day he was handed in.
However the RSPCA said Blackie went to them on 2 February, and was only put to sleep on 8 February, after he was assessed for six days.
"They said it was because he was in poor health, but I know his health was good," said Mr Pritchard Jones.
"The old gentleman thought the world of him and at any sign of illness he would be whipped off to the vet," he said.
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"The vet said he (Blackie) had cataracts and was overweight, as a dog which is pampered tends to be," he added.
The incident would have broken Mr Atack's heart, he said.
"He lived by himself, it was just him and the dog," he added.
The solicitor added that the money - in excess of £400,000 - would be shared between other charities.
"I am angry about what happened, because I have a dog which is 15 years old, and you can't put them down just because they are old," he said.
"I think Blackie would have made someone elderly a lovely companion, as he was used to being around an older person, and they often don't want the hassle of getting a puppy," he added.
The RSPCA said all animals that go into RSPCA care go through an assessment period which includes a general health check by a vet.
"Blackie had numerous health problems including a severe heart murmur and the vet recommended he was put to sleep on humane grounds," said a spokesperson.
"The RSPCA has a strong reputation of re-homing elderly animals and the very difficult decision regarding Blackie was purely based on welfare grounds and would not have altered had the RSPCA known about his deceased owner's will."


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Home For Life?...... My Grandmother's Arse

Post  Trilby Bee on Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:47 am

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Yes, we all know about this crafty little ruse, a home for life should you 'pass away'. What they do NOT point out is that life in this case means a couple of days in an RSPCA kennel  followed by euthanasia. Then they get their thieving mitts on your property, or a part of it. Dog conveniently put down so he's not going to cost them much more than the price of the injection.
His misfortune was being a rather elderly, overweight dog, maybe not the most prepossessing in appearance. By putting out ads such as these, surely they are contavening advertising standards' regulations as they are clearly telling deliberate lies? :(And they get away with it, year in, year out.
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