One moment, Brad Lovelace’s beloved dog, Coltrane, was in his garage, getting a weekly bath. The next day, he was in the agonizing throes of a fatal case of heatstroke.
What happened in between has become a bitter dispute between Lovelace and the city of Houston. The Kingwood man says his dog, a Labrador-German shepherd mix, escaped his backyard for about 15 minutes after a meter reader left his fence gate open. In that time, Coltrane was picked up by police and turned over to animal control, where he was caged inside a truck for six or seven hours.
The next day Coltrane was vomiting blood and bile all over Lovelace’s home. He spent the next two days at a private veterinary clinic, where he was euthanized.
The city denies any culpability in the heatstroke that killed Coltrane, but Lovelace and local animal activists are convinced that the dog’s death is another sad episode in Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care.
Although the blame for Coltrane’s death lies with solely Mr. Nobody, I can’t help thinking that after everyone gets through denying responsibility, and the house is quiet, there’s going to be a broken-hearted owner and an empty chair by the window. I’m sorry Mr. Nobody failed you Coltrane.