THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A female Rottweiler pet, Puby, 3, was taken to the District Veterinary Centre at PMG here to clean its ear on Saturday. Instead of putting on a muzzle or a mouth guard, the attender allegedly tied its mouth and neck with a tube of the intravenous fluid which led to the death of the pet. But Dr. E. G. Prem Jain, chief veterinary officer at DVC, said the fault was with the owner of the pet, who held the leash tightly.
The incident happened at 2.30 p.m. Puby had developed maggot infection on its ear and was undergoing treatment at Government Veterinary Hospital, Pettah. But with the veterinarian away in Australia, the pet owners were asked to take Puby to DVC, PMG. The attender asked the pet owner to hold its legs while he tied the mouth, nose and neck with the tube of the IV fluid. When the 13- year-old child of the pet owner panicked seeing Puby gasping for breath, the attender allegedly shooed him away.
"But within moments, our Puby passed away in front of my husband and my son.
We took Puby to clean its ear and instead we lost it due to the staff's negligence," said the pet owner.
What upset them more was the shoddy treatment they got from two women veterinarians, Dr. K. L. Soya and Dr. Darshana.
"One of them said that you will come to terms with its death after two days of grief. She also asked my son to move away. The attender admitted that it was due to his mistake that Puby died," added the owner.
The family wanted to check the CCTV visuals and do a post-mortem, but the veterinarians refused to give the consent form for the post-mortem to be done at Chief Disease Investigation Office at Palode.
"They told us that we will have to take Puby to Palode at our own risk. One veterinarian said that she will not give the consent form as the senior doctor was out of station. They were not willing to part with the CCTV visuals too," said the owner in tears.
But Dr. Prem Jain said, "we use the IV tube as a substitute for muzzle (mouth guard) as it is the approved method. I was out of station and have spoken to the duty veterinarians. Only if we get a police complaint, we can do post- mortem. I will be back in office on August 10 and only then I can inspect the CCTV visuals," he told DC.