Director of shelter euthanized herself after feeling distraught about having to euthanise too many dogs


Dr. Jian Zhicheng 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down foe video) An animal lover left a suicide note, explaining that she committed suicide because she was forced to kill too many dogs.

Dr. Jian Zhicheng was a veterinarian and the director of an animal shelter in Taiwan, before she died.

She was very distressed over the number of dogs she had to euthanize because they did not find homes.

Zhicheng was the director of the Xinwu Animal Protection and Education Center, which took in sick, stray and abandoned animals.

Zhicheng went on television to encourage people to adopt pets for free and give them good homes. During her interview, Zhicheng explained that she was forced to euthanize about 700 dogs in just two years.

This angered animal rights activists, and they posted nasty comments and threatening message against her. One person called her “a butcher with beauty.”

The 31-year-old woman, who worked at the state-run shelter for a few years, became very distressed over the situation.

She said that many people do not understand “that the animal shelter capacity is limited and they were struggling with the increasing numbers of animals being abandoned.”

Zhicheng was rushed to the hospital after her husband found that she injected herself with the euthanasia drugs.

She died in hospital a week later. Zhicheng was described as a kind-hearted and dedicated person by her colleagues.