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Animal lover who shot and killed his dog to end its suffering charged with animal cruelty

By Mason White 12:28 PM March 26, 2017
Michael Whalen with Allie
Michael Whalen with Allie
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A dog owner said that he killed his beloved pet in the most compassionate way before burying the remains at a beach.

However, police do not consider his act as humane, and he was charged with animal cruelty.

65-year-old Michael Whalen of Virginia, said that he loved his dog, a hound mix named Allie.

Whalen has many cool photos with himself and his beloved dog, which he had for 15 years, and he took the pet with him wherever he went.

When the dog was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, a veterinarian offered to euthanize it.

However, Whalen was not ready to part with Allie. Sadly, the dog’s health deteriorated. Unable to get to a veterinarian, Whalen decided to shoot and kill the dog to end its suffering.

Whalen buried Allie in the sand dunes at Virginia Beach. Someone found the dog’s remains and called police, leading to Whalen being charged with animal cruelty.

Whalen claims that his act was not a crime, but an act of love to end Allie’s suffering. Unfortunately for him, shooting a dog is not seen as a compassionate way of euthanizing an animal.