Chester was 13 years of age – not quite elderly for a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. He was left at the local pound by his owner on a blistering hot day in February 2016, in poor body condition, underweight and had blood coming from his anus. He had inflamed skin, infected and sore eyes, and a severely infected and painful ear.
He was in respiratory distress, panting rapidly and struggling for each and every breath. He could not stand up and lay helpless on his side in his portable bed, where he had urinated.
He was unable to respond to any stimulus, not even an ant that was crawling around his anus area.
Chester’s owner was employed and earning a decent income, but he did not want to pay a vet ‘$200 plus’ for humane euthanasia. Instead he waited until the local pound was open, paid the $20 surrender fee, and left the job of providing vet treatment for Chester to the pound manager.
When told that it would be several hours before a vet would be attending the pound, Chester’s owner said that was okay because Chester wouldn’t be likely to leave his bed. The pound manager was so concerned about Chester’s condition and knew he could not wait until the vet attended that afternoon. She immediately called a council officer off the road to return to the pound and transport Chester to a local vet.