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Petitioning Delegate VA-042 David Albo and 4 others

In Memory of Basie, the Sr Dog Euthanized Within Hours of Being Lost: Change VA Law

Occoquan, VA: Anyone who owns a dog knows there may be a time when the dog sees a squirrel or just has a case of wanderlust and may escape the yard. But no one expects their dog to be euthanized within a few short hours of setting out on its own. Especially when missing pet flyers are posted and people are diligently searching for the lost dog.

But that is what happened to Basie, a 17-year old Corgi/Border Collie mix that got out of her yard. The beloved pet would be dead at the hands of the Crosspointe Animal Hospital within 3 hours of leaving her owners home.

On November 1st at 12:06, Basies owners took a picture of her while she was outside. Fifteen minutes later, since they often checked on her, the owners discovered she was missing.

Their search turned up nothing until the next day, when all that was left of Basie was her cremated remains. She had been euthanized by the veterinarian at the Crosspointe Animal Hospital in Fairfax Station. An unknown person had found Basie, and apparently thinking she was a stray, took her to the Crosspointe Animal Hospital. She was dropped off at 12:20 p.m., shortly after her owners discovered she was missing. According to newspaper reports, the veterinarian at Crosspointe Animal Hospital did not attempt to locate her owners, or wait for them to claim her, but euthanized her shortly after she was brought in.

Basie was not wearing a collar. Her owners removed it, saying it irritated her neck.

According to Virginia Code § 3.2-6507, a licensed veterinarian may euthanize a dog without the owner's permission if the dog is injured or sick. WUSA-9 reports: “Crosspoint's examination report of Basie found several health problems, including respiratory disease and neurologic abnormalities. But it also says she was "alert" and "responsive." Her owners admit that Basie had some age-related health issues which they were monitoring, however, she was well taken care of and she was not ready to die. She was clean, her nails were clipped, and she recently had a tooth extracted, which should have alerted the veterinarian that she was someones pet.

This petition respectfully requests that an investigation be conducted into the procedures used in this case, as well as prior instances by the Crosspointe Animal Hospital veterinarian, and that Virginia code § 3.2-6507 be reviewed and modified so that immediate euthanization of animals by veterinarians without owners consent can only occur if the animal has life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Not because the animal shows signs of old age.

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A page has also been set up on Facebook, called "In Memory of Basie"

Image courtesy of:  Fairfax Station Patch

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.

Letter to
Delegate VA-042 David Albo
Executive Director, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Robin R. Schmitz
Virginia Office of Veterinary Services
and 2 others
Fairfax County Police Department, Animal Services Division Dr.Karen Diviney
Senator VA-039 George Barker
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that an investigation be conducted of the action taken by the Crosspointe Animal Hospital in Fairfax Station where a senior dog, Basie, was immediately euthanized without locating its owner first. Also an investigation of procedures used in this case, as well as prior instances. We also request that Virginia law be reviewed and changed so that veterinarians cannot immediately euthanize a dog or cat brought in as a stray without first attempting to locate its owner, unless the animal has life-threatening injuries or illnesses. The animals should not be euthanized on the basis of old age alone.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.