Paula Harding is facing charges of felony animal cruelty for shooting her sick 15 year old poodle-terrier cross bred dog.
The dog became ill, defecating and vomiting and losing its mobility. Paula said she knew it was in its last days and could not afford to have it put down by a vet. She had already lost a dog to old age in the past year, so was no stranger to the symptoms.
Taking matters into her own hands she tried unsuccessfully to poison the dog with anti-anxiety pills. When this did not work she took a .22 calibre hand gun and shot him.
When the police arrived on the scene a distraught 43 year old Paula had already placed the dog in a hole she had dug on her property.
These were not the actions of a malicious criminal, but those of a loving pet owner who could no longer bear to see her pet suffer any longer.
In an age where people are pushing to euthanize their sick and elderly family members, should this pet owner be thrown in jail for putting her pet out of its misery?
Yes, there were other options such as veterinarians who offer hardship services for free, and the Humane Society who offers cheaper rate services. But is it fair to expect everyone to know this? Did you know?
And how can this woman be jailed when a police officer was not punished for allowing his dog to die by neglect in a vehicle while on duty? (see story here)