BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS) - A decision to euthanize a dog two days after it went missing is causing some heated conversations.
George and Helen's 15-year-old Pomeranian went missing from their house on June 30.
"I don't know how long it will take us to get over it but it will take a long time, a long time. He just like he was a part of the family and it's hard to give up," Chuckie's owner George Martin says.
The Bedford County Sheriff's Office is looking into whether someone took the dog off their property, after Chuckie showed up 30 miles away in Roanoke.
"Who ever got him didn't have any regard for him. They took him away from here and dropped him and didn't care if he lived or died and that's what it hurts, that's what hurts," Martin says.
According to the Roanoke City Police report, an animal control officer in Roanoke brought Chuckie to Emergency Vet Services on Frontage Road on July 1.
A vet at EVS said Chuckie displayed some neurological symptoms, but noting 'terribly unusual.' So, Dr. Gal Chivvis cleared Chuckie to be sent to the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection.
However, the David Flagler, the executive director said once they got the dog, they noticed Chuckie needed immediate medical care. They said he was walking around in circles. Flanger says they transported him back to EVS that same day on July 1.
"We saw an animal that we believed needed immediate medical car, and so we called for an officer to pick the animal up and transport it to the veterinarian and that's our role in all of this," David Flagler Executive Director of Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection said. "It appears that while the animal was in the care of the veterinarian, the decision was made to euthanize the animal."
Dr. Gal Chivvis says when Chuckie came back EVS his condition had rapidly deteriorated. She says he was chewing his tongue and throwing up from his mouth and nose. Without any identification, EVS decided to put him down.
According to Virginia Law, shelters and pounds have to wait five days before putting a stray animal down with no identification.
However, Virginia Law also says, "If a licensed veterinarian is called or by his own action comes upon an animal that is sick or injured and the owner of such animal cannot be immediately located, then the licensed veterinarian, in his professional judgment, may treat, hospitalize or euthanize the animal without the permission of the owner."
The Martin's say the symptoms Chuckie's symptoms were all part of his neurological disorder and was treated with medicine daily.
They are offering a $1,000 for any information about who stole Chuckie.