I am stunned. The combination of shock, anger, disbelief, pain, that tries me at the moment is surely enough a curse I don't wish upon anyone. I am numb thanks to a mixture of feelings I cannot grasp quite yet. All I know is that things will never be the same again.
Tilda, the sweetest little dog anyone could have wished for, was selected a couple of months ago to leave for adoption in Sweden. The only thing that was not quite perfect about her was a little limp she had. According to the instructions I was given by the person who facilitated her adoption, I took her to the OneVet veterinary pension in Bucharest where she spent roughly a month and a half getting prepared for adoption. Her limp was investigated there and an X-ray showed she would limp because of an old broken leg that had healed in a wrong way. But according to OneVet, it was no big deal and she was not in pain. Never did she give the impression she was in pain. Just a happy loving little girl.
At the end of March, little Tilda flew to Sweden to start her new life with her Swedish adopter, an adopter who had kept in touch with us for weeks and who appeared most committed and dedicated to Tilda. It really was meant to be, we thought, and we did not perceive any red flags about this adoption. We simply had no doubt whatsoever that Tilda would live a long and happy life in the home of her adopter. Even better, Tilda also had a backup in case anything happened with her adopter. So many promises, so much reassurance that all will be rosy and wonderful. Honestly, I don't think I ever got so many words of promise about how great a dog's life would be and how greatly loved and safe she would be.
Tilda in Sweden...
Trouble is, I suspect the ones who sing and praise love too much run out of energy when it comes to actually showing it with deeds, not with words...
Yesterday we receive word that Tilda was taken to a Swedish state vet for checkup and registration, but the vet deemed that she was in pain because of her leg problem. New X-rays showed further problems that had not been picked up by the OneVet vets. The Swedish vet's decision was shocking: either a 6,000-euro surgery right away, or Tilda would be put to sleep (to me, that sounds like the most disgusting way in which a vet could impose expensive surgery upon an animal owner). In shock, the owner could not come up with 6,000 euro, but also failed to ask for help and support from other Swedish people committed to Tilda who could have helped. So Tilda is now dead. Why? This is the message from her adopter:
"I am overwhelmed with grief, my angel Tilda took Swedish state veterinarians today when I would do a clean bill of health for veterinary insurance for Tilda, I'm mad at onevet why dident they asked if I wanted to operate Tilda's legs when she was a month there, her hip ball had dislocated because she could not walk properly, fraktura the hind leg was healed wrong but it was not that caused her biggest problem, it was the hip ball, they could have put it in place.I asked to have a 24hours on me obtaining 50000kronor to operate her, but I had to go to an animal hospital directly or they killed Tilda.I'm so sorry Alex she was so wonderful little dog, I love her, and she was overjoyed the few days with me. Always money is the control and I'm not a rich person, I just had 24hours I had sought help of funds. I have to try to take me through this, she died in my arms Alex and I kissed her so she would not be afraid., I will write a letter to onvet and ask why they did not ask Anna if we wanted to make a operation. Hug."
Apparently, Swedish state vets have the power to confiscate owned dogs and put them to sleep whenever they feel like it. Articles 32 and 34 from their animal protection legislation give them unlimited power to euthanize if they have the impression the animal might be in pain and the owner cannot produce 6,000 euro on the spot for an ultra expensive surgery.
So let's recap:
- Tilda spends roughly a month and a half in pension at OneVet in Bucharest where the vets consider her leg to be healed and ok and not causing her problems anymore;
- Tilda finally flies to Sweden where she was supposed to have the most wonderful life as we had been promised by several people;
- Tilda is taken to a state vet for checkup and registration, but the vet deems that she is in pain, and orders either a 6,000-euro surgery right away, or that Tilda be put to sleep (please look again at her smiling pictures, that dog never gave the feeling she was in any pain)
- In shock, her owner fails to do what others would have done: call and ask for help from other friends who cared about Tilda and who could have helped; call a lawyer; ask for a second vet opinion; ask for permission to go get a loan from the bank for the expensive surgery (and simply run away with Tilda instead!!!)
- End result: Tilda, the loveliest little dog with so much joy and love to give to the world, was put to sleep yesterday by the Swedish vet in the arms of her new owner who had promised her the world.
What can I say? For Easter, the Swedish sacrificed the most wonderful and innocent little lamb. A dog born in the streets of Romania; living in the streets for years before embarking on what appeared to be the chance of her life.
This one goes to innocent Tilda...
I don't think I will ever be able to trust people the same way again. So many lovely words that failed to be proven when Tilda needed true love and support the most. After Tilda, I will never be the same again.
Happy Easter, Sweden!