By MB Online
A healthy Shih Tzu dog in Chesterfield, Virginia, was euthanized to fulfill its owner’s dying wish that the dog be put down and laid to rest with her Thursday.
The dog, named Emma, was brought to the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter in Chesterfield, Virginia, on March 8 after her owner’s death, where she stayed for two weeks.
During that time, the shelter was in contact with the executor of the dead woman’s estate trying to keep the dog alive.
According to Carrie Jones, the manager of Chesterfield Animal Services, they could easily find a new home and family to adopt Emma, however, the executor of Emma’s late owner declined and insisted to fulfill the owner’s wish.
Emma was then taken to a local veterinarian, euthanized and taken to a pet cremation center in Richmond, Virginia, where her ashes were placed in an urn and returned to the representative of the woman’s estate.
Cemeteries in the US are generally regulated by state law, so where you live determines whether it’s legal to be buried with your pet.
Virginia enacted a law to make the law legal in 2014.