Ad offering cheap euthanasia for pets disturbs animal advocates

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An ad for a pet euthanasia service by someone who allegedly claims to have "experience with . . . whole litters of unwanted kittens" has incensed animal welfare advocates who say no such business could be run humanely and legally.

The Craigslist ad, which has been removed since it was posted Tuesday night, described euthanasia performed at a "private home in Federal Heights" for $15 per animal "with discounts if you bring in more than one," said Anne Davis, director of the Animal Advocacy Alliance of Utah.

Davis said she found the ad Wednesday and was "disturbed" by the "cavalier" approach to animal euthanasia.

"Euthanasia is so strictly controlled," Davis said.

Salt Lake City police spokesman Jeff Bedard said that while the chemicals used for lethal animal injections are controlled, obtaining them illegally would be so expensive that there would be no profit to a $15-a-pop euthanasia business.

With no description of how the euthanasia is performed, it is not a clear-cut animal cruelty case, Bedard said. But there may be a business licensure case "if this guy is running an unlicensed vet clinic out of his house," Bedard said.

The listing also advertised cremation services and "posed taxidermy and throw rug options for the serious pet lover who can't let go!"

It was unknown who the poster was.

- Erin Alberty