Cat Goes to Vet for Flea Bath, Gets Euthanized Instead
Owner is unamused over the screwup
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2012 10:04 AM CDT
Not the cat in question.   (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

(Newser) – Today in awful: A Massachusetts woman has filed a complaint after she sent her cat to the vet for a flea bath, and the animal was mistakenly euthanized, reports the Telegram & Gazette News. Colleen Conlon had her son drop off 8-year-old Lady at the Broadway Animal Hospital, where he signed paperwork. "He said they were like index cards which had basic pet information,” she says, then “he left to go get" her other cat. When he returned and asked for Lady, the vet asked him, "You want the bodies?" “At first he thought it was some cruel joke,” says Conlon.

No so, and adding insult to injury, Conlon had called before the appointment to confirm the price of a flea dip. “I don't think there was any malicious intent, but I do think it was negligent,” she says. She's filed a complaint with the state attorney general; the Telegram & Gazette News notes that the state previously put the vet in question on probation in 2005.