Recently the dog Bela (a 9 year old male German Shepherd) was placed in a terrible situation, her owner died at her side. In her will, she wished that her dog would be put down, cremated and his ashes placed with hers.
People were outraged and quite a difficult legal situation arose. We consider last wishes to be sacred, but where do we draw the line? The wish was undoubtedly cruel, but it was perfectly legal.
Enough people showed their support and Bela the dog is on her way to Best Friends Animal Society to live out the rest of her days!
The hashtag #SaveBela was used by thousands of people weighing in on the situation. A friend of the owner and Ley’s (Bela’s deceased owner) attorney decided to release the dog after hearing from Best Friends Animal Society. Bela was staying at PAWS of Dearborn County while the legal situation played out.
“Bela will not be euthanized at our facility, either by PAWS staff or the Dearborn County Animal Control Officers. If a euthanization decision is reached by the estate, then it will be the responsibility of the estate to make those arrangements elsewhere.”
Now they just need to figure out how they’re transporting him to Utah from Indiana, after that, it’s wagging tails and happy days for Bela.