Written by Michelle Kretzer
For 34 years, Sally and her guardian
were together nearly every day. The loving man doted on his horse, keeping her
well cared for and giving her the run of his property.
But Sally's age was catching up with
her. Her once-sparkling brown eyes had completely lost their sight, she was
losing weight, and her movements were becoming more and more laborious. Even
though Sally could no longer see the man she loved, she could still hear his
voice, and she came to him whenever he called. It was a daily struggle for the
man to watch Sally deteriorate. He feared that she would get worse before her
aging body finally quit, but he was also scared to call her veterinarian and end her suffering.
When PETA received a concerned call
about the horse from someone who had gone past the property, we called to speak
to Sally's guardian. The gentleman was practically in tears over his beloved
horse. He knew that the coming winter would make life even harder for Sally, but
he agonized every day over the decision to end her suffering.
PETA's caseworker knew that the man
needed help letting Sally go. She explained what he already knew—that Sally was
no longer comfortable in her body, that her quality of life was significantly
diminished, and that he was going to have to be strong for her now.
It seemed to be what the man needed to
hear. He gathered his strength, called his veterinarian, and lovingly said
goodbye to his precious Sally. PETA called to check on him, reassure him, and
comfort him during his loss.
goodbye to our animal family members is heartbreaking, for sure. But when the end comes, we have to love them enough
to endure the pain so that they don't have to.
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