Case Update: Senior Dog Who Froze to Death at Virginia Beach Pound
February 28, 2013
Remember the police department that runs the Virginia Beach pound announcing they would investigate themselves for wrongdoing in the case of the elderly Pitbull they left outside to freeze to death in 21 degree weather? Well the results of the necropsy are in:
[T]he dog had severe heart and lung disease as well as possible diabetes, all of which contributed to the dog’s death, as well as hypothermia.
Let me preface this thing by pointing out that I am not a veterinarian and I have no idea who conducted the necropsy and reported these findings on Batman, the poor deceased pet. It could be the most qualified forensic vet on the planet for all I know. I am not in any way claiming I have any knowledge which trumps that of the vet who reported these findings.
That said, bullshit. “Severe heart and lung disease” could quite probably apply to every dog who reaches old age and is living in the sunset of his life. It doesn’t mean he was going to fall over dead that day anyway, which is what I think the police department is hoping people will believe. And “possible diabetes” - I’m sorry, what? Did the dog have diabetes or not? Why not put down “possible Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever”? I mean, they didn’t rule that out, did they? Again, a possible medical condition does not indicate that Batman was about to keel over that day.
Batman survived the common old age canine disorders of heart and lung disease before he was impounded by Virginia Beach AC. Batman died because the people who are paid by the public to protect him from harm failed to do their jobs. They left him outside in 21 degree night temperatures where living things freeze. Any attempts to distract from that terrible truth make the police department look even guiltier.
[T]he case remains under investigation by Virginia Beach police.
Gee, can’t hardly wait.
(Thank you Arlene for the link.)