Woman Takes Cat to Vet for Flea Bath, Cat Gets Put to Sleep Instead
A Gardner woman who simply wanted to get a proper flea bath for her feline friend instead lost her cuddly companion when the veterinarian accidentally put the cat to sleep.
According to the Telegram & Gazette, Colleen Conlon called her local pet doctor and scheduled an appointment to bring in her 8-year-old cat, Lady, to rid her of fleas. Conlon allegedly sent her son to drop off the family pet, and when he returned later to pick up Lady, the veterinarian was confused as to why he wanted the cat’s body.
According to the Gazette, Dr. Muhammad Malik had euthanized Lady after Conlon’s son had filled out paperwork on the day that he dropped off the cat. Conlon’s son, however, said the paperwork was “like index cards which had basic pet information.”
Conlon is especially upset about the accidental death of the cat because it was given to her by her late daughter.
The report said Conlon has reached out to the Attorney General’s office and filed a complaint and has plans to speak with members of the state Board of Registration.
“I don’t think there was any malicious intent, but I do think it was negligent,” Conlon told the Gazette. “I’m sure there are standards of practice they have to follow.”