Vet Issues Open Letter Regarding Death Of German Shepherd

By on February 14, 2019 in WNDB News

Ormond Beach, FL – The vet office accused of withholding information regarding a German Shepherd who was accidentally shot by its Ormond Beach owner says euthanizing the dog was the most humane option.

Back on February 11th, Ormond Beach dog owner Michael Shehan was cleaning his gun when it misfired, shooting his hand and his dog, Sadie in the hip.

While Shehan received treatment for his hand, Sadie was transported to Animal Emergency Hospital Volusia, where she received her own treatment.

As his dog was under the care of AEHV, he said he could not get a straight answer whether his dog was dead or not.

Following up on an inquiry from WNDB, Dr. Diane Johnson – the owner of AEHV – sent a letter saying there was a “wealth of misinformation” about what happened to Sadie.

In that letter – which you can read in full here – Johnson wrote that the dog was in “grave” condition upon arrival, but could not provide details about her injuries or treatment.

Johnson also disputed Shehan’s claim that they did not offer any information regarding Sadie, they said they were in constant communication with him.

According to Johnson, it was during their communication with Shehan that together they decided he relinquish his rights of ownership over Sadie so AEHV could pursue different treatment decisions.

Eventually, euthanasia was selected as the most humane option for Sadie.

Johnson also stressed that AEHV provides the best care for all of their patients and that they are confident they did the same thing for Sadie.



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