Last week, the former medical director of the Humane Society of St. Lucie County in FL, Dr. Sara Mathews, went to the media with allegations that pets at the facility were being killed for treatable conditions and were not sedated prior to killing:
“The dogs, they’re pulling them into the euthanasia room. The dogs know where they’re going. It was just awful.”
Dr. Mathews said she spoke up about the cruel and needless killings and was fired in September as a result. Annette Miller, chairman of the HS board denies the allegations:
“Our employees are angry that are here,” Miller said. “Because they feel like it’s a reflection on them. We just had a meeting with them, and they’re very disturbed. Because they know that the allegations are false.”
Cindy Wade, who still works for the organization, said dogs were euthanized without anesthesia.
Wade claims that one injured dog was quiet until it was given the fatal shot without sedation.
Ms. Wade describes witnessing that dog receiving a heartstick without sedation. She says “the dog screamed until it was dead”.
As it negotiates a new contract with the Humane Society, St. Lucie County commissioners have heard from Mathews and representatives from other animal care groups. The commission is now considering putting some standard-of-care expectations in that contract.