Friday, February 22, 2008
SPCA OFFICIALS NO LONGER HAVE RESPECT FOR DEAD PETS????
SPCA apologizes after boy was 'traumatized'
Taken to room full of dead animals. 10-year-old had nightmares after taking the body of beloved family dog to shelter
IRWIN BLOCK, The Gazette
Published: 1 hour ago
When you are a child and have had a dog all your young life, the last goodbye is crushing
But that final, heartfelt departure became a horror story for 10-year-old Justin Miller-Clarke, who was ushered in to the SPCA last Friday to see how the body of his beloved dog, Marley, would be handled.
And now, an embarrassed SPCA has had to apologize to Justin and his family over the ''disposal'' of the beloved member of the family.
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Font:****Justin's mother, Jacqueline Miller, described the events that followed the family's discovery of the 10-year-old dog, a German shepherd-Rottweiler mix who died at home while they were out.
They did not know what to do with Marley so they called the
SPCA on Jean Talon St. W., which said it would accept the body.
"We drove there and a man helped carry our dog out of the car. He then asked if we would like to come with the dog to say our last goodbyes," Miller recounted.
"He then proceeded to take us into the basement of the SPCA.
I was confused; I thought he would take us to an exam room or something."
The SPCA worker led them to a chute, which he opened and said: "It's full."
He then took the family down a long hallway in a room with bins.
"I could see dead animals on the top of (the bins), and I could also see a dead and bleeding cat on a table," Miller recalled.
The SPCA worker then placed Marley on a cement floor in the room filled with animal carcasses and told the family it could say goodbye.
"I was in total shock, my 10-year-old son was horrified - we both had nightmares and cannot forget the images we were exposed to.
"My son is traumatized - he asked me why they are throwing out animals like garbage," said Miller, who is a psychologist and Vanier College teacher.
In response to these events, Montreal SPCA executive director Pierre Barnoti said: "I'm horrified that one of our employees would take someone to our cold room."
They are kept there before they are sent to be cremated at another facility, he added.
"It is very hard to see that your dog is included with other animals waiting to be transported for cremation.
"It's an error of judgment on the part of our employee, who should have been sensitive to a 10-year-old," he said, adding that he "personally apologized" to the family.