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Family claims dog had teeth removed by vet

Posted at 9:10 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-04 23:22:43-04

A local family is questioning the practices of the Idaho Humane Society after finding an unwanted procedure had occurred on their pet without consent.

Buttons is a small Yorkie who was dropped off at the Idaho Humane Society for a baby tooth removal.

When the Bird family arrived back at the Idaho Humane Society to pick up Buttons, they discovered that not only was the baby tooth removed, but eleven extra teeth were missing.

The Idaho Humane Society told the family that Button’s teeth had issues and claimed that the Bird’s gave consent.

“They were aware that multiple teeth could end up having to be extracted and they consented to that,” Dr. Jeff Rosenthal from the Idaho Humane Society explained. “They did not ask us to contact them in making those medical decisions.”

The family claims that they were never contacted about the procedure.

“It’s unfair that I didn’t get a choice in what was done. I didn’t get to say yes go ahead and remove the 12 teeth. They failed to call any of us to let us know what was going on with our dog,” Kris Bird said.

Now, the Bird family wants changes to be done to the Idaho Humane Society to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

The family is unsure of what steps will occur next and didn’t say whether a lawsuit would be filed.