A family in Easley, South Carolina, is grappling with the unexpected death of their five-year-old dog who was euthanized a short time after he escaped from home. According to News Channel 10, “Meeka,” a Pomeranian, slipped away from home on a Saturday and 48 hours later, he was dead.
Meeka belonged to Misty Bridges, and her fiance, Matthew Silsbee. Bridge discovered through social media that their lost dog had been found by a good Samaritan and he was then taken 24 hours later to an emergency veterinary clinic in Greenville. Tragically, shortly after Meeka’s arrival at the veterinary hospital, he was euthanized.
According to Greenville Online, several variables led to Meeka’s untimely demise…Meeka was not wearing any identification, and he did not have a microchip, so when he arrived to Animal Emergency Clinic showing signs of breathing distress, and nobody was on hand to pay for what could have been extensive veterinary care, the decision was made the euthanize him to end his apparent suffering.
Bridges was aware of Meeka’s medical issue – in fact, just a short time earlier he had been diagnosed at a veterinarian with a “slipped trachea.” Bridges told Greenville Online that Meeka’s condition, which can be common to his breed, is easily treated with medication.
After Meeka’s death, the finger of blame has been pointed at the veterinary clinic for euthanizing the dog too quickly, and to the owners, for not having their dog microchipped. Social media posts about Meeka’s death reveal divided opinions, and overwhelming sorrow for the dog who was killed after he accidentally slipped out of his home.
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(Family photo screenshot via News channel 10)