Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
A Colorado couple is being charged each with one count of animal cruelty and one count of animal neglect for drowning their cat in a bucket.
Michelle Eshleman and Mark Lewis told authorities that they did not have enough money to euthanize their cat, TD. The cat was diagnosed with the feline version of HIV a few years ago.
To end TD’s suffering, the couple drowned the cat in a bucket of water. They said they were not aware of other options to help their cat.
Eshleman wrote this statement to the media: “I called four vets. Three were closed. One after-hours location was charging over $200 for euthanasia and cremation/burial.”
She added: “I have owned and loved cats all my life, and — right or wrong — we wanted to help TD die as quickly and painlessly as our means allowed at the time.”
Local animal shelters said that people have options when they need to put down a pet. Also, they stated if someone is not able to afford euthanasia, arrangements can be made, so people do not feel they have to end a pet’s life in an inhumane manner.