Dog Euthanized Without Owner Knowing in Real Life Nightmare (VIDEO)


Basie, the dog who was euthanized
As a dog owner, I always have the fear way in the back of my mind that one day my dog is going to run away. It's an irrational fear, I know, as I live in a yardless city, but every once in a while, my husband gets ballsy and takes our pup off his leash when we're a few buildings away from ours. And it makes me want to kill him. I can think of few things worse than little Onion (that's his name) running off into the night.

Except having him run off into the night and someone finding him and euthanizing him without my permission. Yes, this just happened to someone.

Basie, the 17-year-old dog of Allen and Alison Holmes, was out playing in the backyard a few weeks ago. Allen had taken off Basie's collar since it was bothering her, and checked on her every 10 minutes to make sure she was alright. On one of his "checkings," though, Basie was gone. The Holmes searched the neighborhood high and low and plastered fliers everywhere, assuming she would eventually turn up since she "moved very slowly." But no sign of their girl.

The next day, they found her cremated remains. They learned that their pooch had been euthanized just a few hours after she went missing. Someone found Basie in the woods and assumed she was a stray. Alison, who's obviously gutted, doesn't understand how anyone could take Basie for a stray, despite her lack of a collar. She mentioned that her nails had been clipped and she was very clean -- she even had had a tooth extracted recently.

I don't understand how something like this could have happened. If someone found a random parked car on the street, would they call a demolition service and have it destroyed? Who kills a stray dog without looking for its owners at all? And what kind of vet euthanizes an animal who clearly doesn't look like a stray? Disgusting.

I hope the vet who took Basie's life has his or her license revoked, because they did was a awful. As Alison said, "Basie died alone with strangers, which is the real tragedy. She was a baby, just a helpless little dog, you know?" Ouch.

Check out the video.

How heartbreaking is this?

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Emily Kroeker

That happened to my SIL. They live on a farm and their dog was picked up by one of their neighbors. By the time they figured out what happened and got to the pound (later that day) the dog had been put down. Horrible.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Some thing in this story doesn't ring true to me... I worked in an animal clinic. When we had a stray come to us, we ALWAYS scanned it for a microchip. We checked with other vets and with local Humane Societies and Rescue Groups to see if anyone had reported a dog missing. We went through our files to see if we had a dog matching the dog's description.

And, when we euthanized a pet (we never euth'd strays), and it was sent out for creamation, it always took several days to come back. Sometimes up to a week.

I'm sorry to say, this does not sound like an "official" euthanization.

Whatever really happened, it's VERY wrong.

And justification to either leave that collar on ALL the time, or make sure that your dog is Microchipped (it's not that much), and have your vet confirm its presence at every checkup, because they can "wander" or even work their way out of an animal's system. And the minute  you discover the pet missing, call every vet in the area, and every shelter/rescue.

What a sad story.

cocob... cocobeannns

: ( Ugh. Heartbreaking. I would be devestated and would want to hunt down whoever did this to my dog!

LKRachel LKRachel

thanks for the tip Ponychaser!  We have our dog microchipped but I didn't know they could move!!  yikes.   Will definitely be checking on that at our next visit :)

nonmember avatar Lindy

How terrible! I have to ask - how did someone know where to return the ashes? They obviously knew whose dog it was and decided to kill it and then return the ashes to the owner. Just sick. I would have the container the ashes were returned in dusted for fingerprints and start checking all the neighbors.

tuffy... tuffymama

Something has to be missing in this story. Why was a stray taken to a vet for euthanization, and not to a shelter? Dogs are not cremated immediately up euthanization, right? That has been my experience, growng up with a mother who bred champion German Shepherds. This smacks of a hostile neighbor, or mistaken dog identity. She should keep looking for that dog, IMO.

Julie Korcusko

Who are these aholes who are so eager to put down animals???  This dog was only missing for HOURS!!   That is inexcusable crap, and the owners should sue.


Crystal Rider

I dont understand why there was not at least a 24 hr waiting period for someone to claim the animal. At our local shelter there is a 3 day hold.  This story is heartbreaking. Poor thing should have been with its owners when its time came.

maryb311 maryb311

Occoquan is pretty far from Fairfax Station. I want to know why the dog was taken so far away by the woman who picked her up. Why not drop her off at a shelter in the Occoquan area?

Mariana Teresa Güicho

Ponychaser, I worked at an animal hospital that had a crematory in building. It only took about an hr to do, so I could see that being true. There are still some questionable parts to this story, like the owner said she couldn't have gotten out of the yard herself. This is sad.

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