Animal advocates are fighting to prevent a bizarre will from being carried out and save the life of a German Shepherd in a case that seems like a throwback to a bygone era when wealthy aristocrats were buried with their servants, wives, horses and more…
Connie Lay, of Aurora, Indiana, demanded in her will that her beloved dog Bella should be put down, cremated and her ashes mixed with her own. Lay’s attorney says that Bella is a property of the deceased and that she is free to do with her what she pleases.
However, volunteers at the PAWS Humane Center, which is boarding Bella until his fate is sealed, have taken a rather different view on the matter and say that she is a sweet, healthy dog who should not be euthanized but adopted out to a new home. And a number of families have already come forward and asked to adopt the dog. But Doug Denmure — the deceased’s attorney — says that, as the dog is her property, Ms. Lay gets to decide what happens to her. He told WCPO-TV:
The dog was owned by my client and now it’s part of her estate. And those are her wishes, as far as the future of the dog is concerned. Outsiders don’t have the grounds to rewrite the provisions of my client’s will and impose what they want.
Indiana law treats pets and other animals as property. Owners are required to treat them humanely, but otherwise are allowed to decide whether they live or die. (Scroll down for the video report.)
1. Bella is due to be euthanized after his owner stipulated that he should be with her for eternity after her death last month.
2. Bella is currently being boarded at the PAWS Humane Center while he awaits his fate. Several families have offered to adopt her.
Mr. Denmure told WCPO that Bella is aggressive and that Ms. Lay kept a record of his aggressive behavior before she died. After Ms. Lay she passed away at her home, Bella fiercely guarded her body and would not let anyone enter her home.
However, volunteers from PAWS Humane Center, who have worked with Bella since she was taken to the shelter, claim that the dog hasn’t shown any signs of being overly aggressive, according to WXIX-TV.
There is one other provision in Ms. Lay’s will, under which Bella could be sent to a no-kill animal refuge in southern Utah, called Best Friends Animal Society. However, Mr. Denmure says his client didn’t leave behind enough money to send Bella to the shelter.
Mr. Denmure said he’s now accepting donations to transport the dog to Utah. It is not known how long Bella has before she is euthanized.
And here is the video report:
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