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Spot gets euthanized at home, owner charged

A Massachusetts man told police he killed his bulldog Spot with a hammer because he could not afford to pay a veterinarian to put it down.

Charles Berube, 53, of Methuen, who had owned the dog for ten years, told police the dog had been sick for weeks, according to the Associated Press.

Spot had lost weight, had trouble walking and his legs were swollen, Berube told police. He said he couldn’t afford a veterinarian and didn’t want to burden a shelter with the animal, and that he didn’t want to see Spot suffer. The home euthaniasia took place last July.

Berube, of Methuen appeared in court Thursday on animal cruelty charges, and a jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 20.


Comment from Leslie Bair
Time June 19, 2009 at 11:56 am

This makes me sick. He is out of his mind.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm

He could have dumped Spot into a garbage bin as others have done, and perhaps there were options he failed to explore, but I’m going to suggest he agonized over his decision and then attempted to do it as humanely as possible.

Comment from MrEdd
Time June 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Your government overlords proclaim that only the wealthy are worthy to have a pet. In fact none of you reading should qualify either.

All of you need to be re-educated to understand that you should ONLY socialize with humans.

As a matter of fact, if you are young and nubile, you should only socialize with Government officials.

Remember citizen, the government way is always the right way.

Comment from John
Time June 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm

How, exactly, does this qualify as euthanasia as opposed to just plain ol’ killing?