ANIMAL LOVER whose animal was mistakenly euthanized has won a national award for her work to protect others from the same fate.
Dawn Ashley, of Benfleet, took home the Special Recognition Trophy at the Mirror People’s Pet Awards, presented last night at Grosvenor House in London.
She campaigned to change the law to prevent the euthanasia of healthy pets by vets after her dog, called Tuk, died due to confusion among vets.
Ms Ashley, 59, said: âI am very proud and delighted to receive this award. I’m a bit overwhelmed too!
âIt’s been four years this month since Tuk was needlessly euthanized, so this award bearing his name is just amazing.
âMy friend Sue Williams and I have been campaigning for three years for the recognition of the support system that many rescues and breeders provide to their animals via the microchip, as this is an area of ââthe microchip system that does not hadn’t been highlighted before, and so has accomplished so much is absolutely amazing.
Tuk was a five week old mioritic shepherd puppy who lived on the streets in Romania before being relocated to the UK.
Sadly, the adoption process went awry and although Tuk was a healthy 18 month old, he was euthanized by a vet who failed to scan his original chip.
His death inspired the campaign for “Tuk’s Law” to ensure that no healthy animal can be euthanized unless the authority to do so is confirmed.
And Dawn has worked with the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the British Veterinarian Association to attempt to change the code of professional conduct by recognizing the digitization of microchips. before euthanasia.
She said: âWe continue to pressure the government to ensure that all details of the microchip are confirmed, including the rescue contact details of the rescue organization, in the original database before the euthanasia of a healthy or treatable animal.
“This is so important because it is a lifelong safety net for the vulnerable and the voiceless.”