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Odenton Veterinary Hospital justifies the “euthanasia” of Oliver the cat — 10 Comments

  1. Complete rubbish. It seems that the hospital just didn’t want to be bothered nurturing poor Oliver.
    So, they lied about him being feral and called in “forces” (Animal Control, whose answer to everything is euthanasia) in order to justify their evil deed.

  2. Complete bs. They did not get the OK from the officer!!! They are LIARS!!! Of course they’re not going to admit to any wrong doing because they know that would really be a whopping lawsuit! Shame on them and I hope that they get shut down for malpractice! And tonight even apologize to her at all???? WOW

  3. The vet is unequivocally wrong in stating that Oliver was feral. A feral cat is a cat that can’t be handled. Since Ms. Neal stated that she was willing to quarantine Oliver, Oliver should have been given that chance. He was just an old guy looking for a little love in his golden years. Kellie Corcoran and the staff took that opportunity away from him.
    I need to add that even feral cats deserve a chance. The vet is using Oliver’s alleged feral state as justification for euthanizing him. Feral cats can often be relocated to colonies or sanctuaries.
    The vet should not be let off easily…The situation warrants further investigation.

    • Kathleen you have summed it up better than me. Many thanks. And, yes, feral cats should be treated equally. They used this inequality to allow themselves to kill him, in my view.

  4. In one of my former lives I taught vet ethics clinical rounds at Tufts/Angell in Boston. This would have been a good study case — I can even see a role-playing exercise. As ME King points out, there really wasn’t informed consent. Kaitlin was pressured into agreeing to euthanasia — no wonder she reacted so strongly once the initial shock wore off. Maybe the vets themselves felt pressured by animal control, though they should have known better. No one seems to have analyzed the situation & distinguished between advice or recommendations and orders or directives. There was no requirement that the cat be euthanized — the 10-day quarantine option should have been weighed in the balance. It’s pretty clear that Kaitlin wasn’t fully informed.
    Once long ago I was bitten by a stray that showed marks of having been bitten herself, perhaps by a wild animal. My super vet was super concerned because there was rabies in the area — she even called the CDC in Atlanta. They leaned on her to euthanize & test, but we discussed it carefully & I decided to “assume the risk” — to quarantine & keep her. Susie was fine & brightened our lives for another 10+ years.

    • In my prowling over my own pets death by incompetence I came across working models that good clinics have in place for when things go wrong. The duck , hide and blame the pet owner was not in the equation.
      Kristen Lindsey should be the poster child of what not to do even though her case is not malpractice so to speak. If my own hell vet had taken the high road even though it was unforgivable things would not have went so bad for her and her clinic might still be open. Probably not since we weren’t singular in being victims of her incompetence.

  5. I hate that I can’t edit. Asking someone if they understand while in shock before they have time to consider it does not and in these kind of cases ever imply consent. It’s like asking the accident victim if it hurts while they’re in shock. This cat was euthanized because someone either lied or misinformed on the cats status. Cover-up in progress.
    Again another vet who could have wiped their feet of this if they had done the right thing. There was a miscommunication and we acted on good faith we deeply apologize and are will use this as a working model to make sure it is never repeated. All funds paid for the care of this cat and we have issued a 500$ certificate to cover future medical care for another pet. Does it make it right. No It makes it honest.

  6. If they could perform an exam while he was NOT sedated he was not feral.
    They are standing in their own poop trying to say it doesn’t smell.
    Feral and stray are words often used interchangeably and cause a great deal of confusion.
    Is there a picture of the bite wound ?

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