A DISABLED pensioner says his much-loved dog was put down without permission.
Harry Raby, of West Avenue, Honley, says five-year-old keeshund Kimbo was put down at the PDSA vets in Greenhead Road, Huddersfield.
The dog had cancer, but 69-year-old Mr Raby, who suffers with Alzheimer's and epilepsy, says permission was never sought from him before the lethal injection was administered.
The charity says owners are usually consulted, although it would not comment on the specific case.
Mr Raby told how much he loved and missed his pet.
"He was magic. My six grandchildren, all my family and relatives and friends loved him to bits.
"He was really a beautiful thing. It broke my heart, honest to God."
In 2002, Kimbo started to behave differently.
He was put on antibiotics for 12 months, but was eventually returned to the vets in 2004.
Mr Raby's partner of 10 years, Gayner Driver, took Kimbo to the vets.
The dog was kept in, but later the vet called to say he had been put down.
Mr Raby said: "He just went off colour and we took him to see this vet. This vet put him to sleep without telling me anything.
"She never said anything. This is what really hurt me.
"If it's happened to me how many other people are having the same treatment?
"The vet said it had got cancer.
"But it doesn't matter what he had. I'd have taken him home, away from there, because he didn't like it there."
Mr Raby has complained to the PDSA and a number of letters have been exchanged.
When contacted by the Examiner the charity replied: "The PDSA extends its deepest sympathies to Mr Raby for the loss of his pet dog, Kimbo.
"The PDSA has fully investigated Mr Raby's concerns and a letter detailing the outcome of this review has been sent to him.
"For reasons of client confidentiality it would not be possible for PDSA to comment further on this specific case.
"It is always our aim to ensure that owners have a full and clear understanding of their pet's health problems, so that an informed decision can be made. Ideally, a client's written consent is obtained before euthanasia is carried out.
"However, vets are under an ethical obligation to always consider the welfare of a pet under their care.
"Occasionally, euthanasia is required on purely humane grounds, to prevent further suffering.
"These difficult ethical decisions sadly need to be made by vets on a regular basis.
"The vets are guided by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, whose guidelines on euthanasia can be found on their website www.rcvs.org.uk"