When Briggs family took their one-year-old dog, Nya, to an Austin veterinary clinic for a routine spay, they expected to see her again in a couple of hours. Instead, the family was bluntly informed they could come pick her up from the freezer.
The vet “offered up no real explanation” for the dog’s death, said owner Lisa Briggs. Instead, he “just said she’s here in the fridge for you whenever you want to pick her up,” Briggs told KXAN, a local news station.
The tragedy snowballed further when Briggs and her children received an unexpected email that only amplified their grief.
“One of their employees at the veterinarian sent me an email that was meant for another employee,” Briggs explained. “It said ‘we don’t know what happened, but we put euthanized,’” she said, citing to internal confusion about how to classify the animal’s unexpected passing.
But vets at Crystal Mountain Animal Hospital in Austin, Texas, dispute this account, countering that Nya died from a severe reaction to anesthesia.
“The allegation that I euthanized their dog is absolutely not true,” Charles Vandermause said.