Pocket was administered a substance never observed by me in my 35 years, as the "sole agent" to end her life. See side bar for AVMA guidelines of authorized &/or condemned substances.
This was without warning and without informed consent as to the substance used.
I have never been supplied with copies or offered to review the invoices, drug logs and schedule 222's required to be kept by NH & Federal drugs laws, despite "legal discovery".
I reported to the NH Veterinary Board in 2006, and to the Dover Police Dept. in 2007, and to my governmental officials, and subsequent mental health providers in 2007, and without malice, and without an attorney, the substance "potassium chloride" as I had reasonable belief that it was , and still was, in lieu of a humane narcotic drug
Description to be added soon, content may be too disturbing for some
Although I relive the horrifying memory of Pocket's last minutes, I just can't bring myself to put the description in print yet. I was advised to contact a particular Concord attorney, at Orr & Reno, that was supposed to be interested in animal rights and law, her interest seemed conflicted. During our phone discussion she asked me "how did you know? ---how did you know?" I assumed she was asking me how I knew Pocket was euthanized with substance similar to potassium chloride, but that was not her question. She wanted to know how I knew that the chemical was "inhumane"----I was dumbfounded.
It has been much publicized about the botched deaths by "lethal injection" for death row inmates. One may recall the news stories or google 'death by lethal injection' to learn that an overdose of potassium chloride is the 3rd and final chemical administered to insure death by stopping the heart.
The reason it is administered last and only after the person is unconscious is because alone it causes tremendous severe burning travelling through the veins, along with chest and heart pain, and horrendously painful contraction of all the body's muscles.
If you have witnessed your pet's euthanasia, you may have felt like you did not have enough time to say a final goodbye; I can only say at this time, the minutes after her injection seemed like hours to me and I have never felt so bad in all my life.
A really good and practical article written for petowners by Dr. T.J. Dunn, Jr. quotes in highlight:
" * Most euthanasia solutions are a combination of chemicals whose intent is to effect a quick and painless termination of nerve transmission and to effect complete muscle relaxation. When nerve impulses are not conducted there is no thought, no sensation, no movement. The solution is available only to licensed veterinarians and your veterinarian must possess a special certificate in order to purchase the solution. "
Below is copy of correspondence written by me to Dover Veterinary Hospital:
Micheal J. Reznicek, Practice Manager
Dover Veterinary Hospital
June 13, 2007
This letter is in response to your letter received by me June 8, 2007. At this time I will not address the medical nuances, estimates or signed agreements, nor the items requested and not received by me pertinent to Pocket's file.
Instead, I hope to genuinely describe and relay to your clinic owners what this issue has meant to me personally.
Pocket was a valued family member. We enjoyed her, we took care of her, and she was greatly loved and cherished. Pocket was never the least intimidated by her tiny size and played and ran with all, including my 2 cats. She took on a unique mothering role with each of the younger puppies that came after her and they adored her, long after their size doubled hers. She was spunky, funny, agile, stubborn, and strong. Pocket was NOT: a status symbol, an income generator, or a novelty,or a toy---- none of my pets are.
On Friday, October 13, 2006 I called both your clinic and Edgefield to notify you that I made the decision it was in Pocket's and my best interest to humanely euthanize her. It was reasonable to expect promptness, professionalism and courtesy to accomplish this task. I feel that respect for my decision, grief, and the best interest of my dog was completely disregarded.
On Saturday, October 14, 2006, we expected the promised 48 hour full prognosis of Pocket's situation. It was reasonable to expect to meet with Dr. MacGregor and discuss the likelyhood of success based on full disclosure of her condition. This did not take place, nor arrangements made for a qualified substitute.
On Sunday, October 15, 2006 , Bill and I again requested euthanasia. It was reasonable to expect no discussion, no pressure, but courtesy and respect for our decision, period.
On Wednesday evening, October 18, 2006, we were advised, for the first and only time, by Dr. MacGregor to euthanize our Pocket. It was reasonable to expect a veterinarian and animal clinic to provide a humane end to an animal's life. This didn't happen either, a chemical substance, in lieu of an acceptable humane drug, was utilized that did not render Pocket unconscious prior to death, but inflicted more and greater suffering.
My week of daily commutes and visits to your clinic so insulted my morals, beliefs, integritity, and compassion and it rendered me fearful and helpless. We are human beings. To breach the unique faith and trust we placed in your profession is hard to conceive. It is reasonable to expect an obligation of respect and dignity for the owner as well as relief of suffering for the animal.
It has been over 7 months since Pocket's death. I don't grieve over my loss of her. I provided her with a wonderful and long life, beyond my, and many others, expectations. What I do live with, is the daily memory of her tragic expression in a cage and the feeling in my arms of an animal not peacefully and quickly slipping into a coma prior to death. It has violated every shred of decency I believe in. It has impaired my ability to trust. It has disturbed my physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. My normal ability to sleep and function is hugely diminished. Bill has processed this on a more basic level and he would not articulate at length to you but express himself verbally bluntly and briefly. It was reasonable for him to believe the words spoken from a highly educated and skilled professional man that offered and accepted a good faith handshake.
It is my hope that I have adequately illustrated in words, my deep and heartfelt feelings and present state of living. From my perspective, that while your clinic feels entitled to more money, it remains a lower priority among our concerns.
Barbara A. Albright
I had been put submitted for "collections" for the sum of $600-----and my credit report has been "tainted" for 2 years--
That would bring Pocket's "diagnostics & treatment" total to $3700---it seems to me that this is "highly profitable ludicrous sum" should be, but is NOT against the law----
I was charged $3000+- by Dover Veterinary Hospital, after paying nearly $700 @ Edgefield for her "final diagnosis"