Dog may be “put down” because of stipulation in owner’s last will
(CNN) — An Indiana dog owner wanted her ashes mixed with those of her beloved pet — so that the two could be together for all eternity. The problem is, the dog isn’t dead yet. But he soon will be because of a stipulation in the deceased owner’s last will and testament.
For now, Bela is being boarded at Paws of Dearborn County — after he was found with his owner, Connie Ley, who passed away. According to volunteers, he is a smart, well-trained sweet dog who deserves a home. But according to the attorney handling Ley’s estate, that was not his owner’s wishes.
While attorney Doug Denmure would not mention the other options available, he says the only feasible option listed in the last will and testament is to have Bela put down — and his ashes placed with his owner’s.
It’s an option Legal Analyst Mike Allen says isn’t entirely uncommon or illegal.
“Animals are considered property and that’s what the point of a will is to dispose of property upon one’s death. You have that conflicting though with rules that say you have to treat animals humanely,” said Allen.
Volunteers say several people have offered to adopt Bela. But Denmure says it’s Ley’s dog and the executor of her will has the authority to carry out her wishes.