Vet followed protocol before putting down puppy

DEAD: The owner of this seven-month-old puppy, named Tammy, decided to euthanise it because of its alleged behavioural issues.


    Oct 23, 2013

    Vet followed protocol before putting down puppy

    THE veterinarian at the centre of an online storm for euthanising a seven-month-old puppy had followed protocol, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said yesterday.

    In fact, the mongrel named Tammy was "hostile" during its visits to The Animal Clinic in Sunset Way, and its aggressiveness "escalated" on subsequent visits.

    On its last visit to the clinic on Oct 7, Tammy could not be muzzled by clinic staff and needed to be sedated for procedures which required more handling, the AVA added.

    The euthanisation sparked anger last week against the clinic and the dog's adopter, who had wanted it to be put to sleep because of its alleged behavioural issues. But media reports quoted Tammy's trainer as saying that the puppy did not show any signs of aggression.

    AVA sought to draw a line under the case yesterday, saying that the owner had considered alternatives, such as rehoming the dog, before deciding to have it put down.

    The Animal Clinic had also "followed protocol before putting down the animal, including discussing with the owner the alternatives".

    The agency added that the decision to euthanise a pet was ultimately the owner's responsibility and right.