Friday 23 August 2019

Dog owner given wrong ashes after pet cremated

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Tim Healy

A vet who gave a woman the wrong ashes after charging her €200 for cremating a pet dog has been suspended for two months from the register of vets over findings of misconduct.

Noreen O'Mahony became suspicious because the casket of ashes provided to her by Cornelius Twomey for her 10-year-old Belgian Shepherd dog Emily in early 2016 weighed less than a casket she received a year previously after another of her dogs died.

President of the High Court Mr Justice Peter Kelly confirmed the sanction sought by the Veterinary Council of Ireland against Mr Twomey (72), of Coachford, Co Cork. He said the matter arose due to a mistake by the vet which he then made worse by seeking to cover it up.

Mr Twomey attended the O'Mahonys' home in 2016 after Emily became ill as a result of ingesting rat poison. The dog had to be euthanised.

The O'Mahonys said they wanted the dog cremated and, when they attended Mr Twomey's later, were given a casket containing ashes. Ms O'Mahony became concerned about the weight of the casket and went back to the vet.

She claimed he criticised a pet crematorium, Pets to Rest, suggesting it had not returned all the ashes and later claimed another entity, Burkes of Bartlemy, had cremated the dog.

He denied making those claims and later said he had forgotten to label Emily's body when it was put in his deep freeze with other dogs.

He claimed he wrongly believed a carcass given to Burkes was Emily, but that turned out not to be the case.

He said he did not want to upset the O'Mahonys by telling them about the mistake and ordered a casket from Pets to Rest in which he placed ashes from other dogs and presented it to the couple.

Irish Independent

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