A man is facing jail for shooting dead and burying his sick dog on a public beach to end its suffering.
Michael Whalen shot dead his beloved hound mix Allie in the head in late January after the sick dog was seizing for almost an hour. Crying, he buried her in the sand dunes along Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to reports.
The 65-year-old could spend a year in jail and pay thousands of dollars in fines for animal cruelty charges and illegally burying his pet.
Whalen claims that he isn’t an animal abuser and killing his dog of 15 years wasn’t a crime, but rather an act of love.
He said he had no choice other to end Allie’s life because ‘it was too painful to watch her suffer.’
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Michael Whalen, 65, is facing jail for shooting dead and burying his terminally ill dog of 15 years Allie, in late January. The hound mix had Cushing’s disease
He had buried her in the sand dunes at Virginia Beach, Virginia (pictured). Her body was found by a passerby in early February
Whalen said he killed his beloved dog out of love. He claims she was having seizures for almost an hour and taking her to the veterinarian would take too long. Pictured: Allie after she had been dead for more than two weeks
He said to WTKR: ‘It was so emotionally disturbing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go through this in my mind and sometimes I’ll just start crying.’
Allie was found buried in a shallow grave on February 10, after a passerby noticed her paw sticking out from the sand, reported the Virginia Pilot.
Police were alerted and began searching for the dog’s owner. After someone gave officers a tip, Whalen was charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of dumping trash on March 17.
Last February, Whalen was told by a veterinarian that Allie had Cushing’s disease, a rate condition which produces an excess of hormones from the adrenal glands, according to PetMD.
Whalen said: ‘It was so emotionally disturbing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go through this in my mind and sometimes I’ll just start crying’
Allie, a Hungarian Vizsla mix, was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease in February of last year. The doctor recommended euthanizing her but Whalen said she was not in pain at the time
Due to Allie’s old age, the doctor recommended euthanizing her, but Whalen wasn’t ready to let go just yet.
He said to the Virginia Pilot: ‘She was happy and she was playful and she was not in pain.’
So he kept the Hungarian Vizsla dog stable with expensive medications, giving the two another year together.
But early in the morning on January 27, the medication wasn’t enough and Allie began panting, swaying and having seizures.
Whalen added: ‘I couldn’t sit there and think about this. I needed to end this for Allie right away. It was too painful to watch her suffer’
Whalen said he debated rushing to the nearest veterinarian, around 20 minutes away, but decided it would take too long and made the painful decision to end his best friend’s life then.
He said: ‘I used a small-caliber firearm and I dispatched it myself.
‘I couldn’t sit there and think about this. I knew I had to do this quickly, I knew if I sat there and debated this, I might have not done it.
‘I needed to end this for Allie right away. It was too painful to watch her suffer.’