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Brownie the cat killed in 'sterilisation' mishap

TT/David Landes · 10 Oct 2010, 08:37

Published: 10 Oct 2010 08:37 GMT+02:00

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“We were so attached to her,” Elina Hansson, Brownie’s owner, told the local Piteå-Tidningen newspaper.

Hansson owned Brownie together with her boyfriend Viktor, and had taken the cat to the vet for what she assumed would be a relatively routine procedure.

While Hansson thought what appeared to be an operating room seemed rather ill-equipped to carry out a surgery, she trusted veterinarian Stefan Rösäter would give Brownie proper care.

“The veterinarian seemed so experienced and convincing,” she said

When Rösäter took out a long syringe, Hansson assumed it was an anesthetic.

After receiving the shot, Brownie then became completely still while lying in Hansson’s arms.

“I leaned over and said, ‘God, she looks so cute when she’s sleeping,’” said Hansson.

“What do you mean sleeping? You did want to put your cat down, didn’t you?” Rösäter replied, according to Hansson.

“I thought she was joking. ‘No! Brownie was supposed to be sterilized!’,” she told the vet, according to the account she gave to the newspaper.

Hansson has since reported the incident to the police and to the veterinary medical responsibility board (Ansvarsnämnden för djurens hälso- och sjukvård).

While Rösäter regretted what he considered a “very tragic story”, he told the newspaper that he ended the cat’s life only after hearing Hansson answer yes when asked if the cat was to be put down.

He claims to have a witness to corroborate his version of events, although Hansson disputes his story.

“How is it possible that I answered yes to a question about euthanasia if I was there for sterilisation?” she said.

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While maintaining he did nothing wrong, Rösäter said that, in the future, he will require pet owners to sign a consent form before he euthanizes an animal.

But Hansson remains bitter, claiming the pain is made worse by the vets denials.

“A mistake was made and Brownie is never coming back,” she said.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:03 October 10, 2010 by Frobobbles
Here we plainly see the risk of using euphemisms for euthanasia. Especially when the likes of "lay down", "put down", "put to sleep" plainly refer to what is expected to happen to a cat before operation.

I bet the conversation was something along the lines of:

- are you sure you want the cat put to sleep

- yes of course

injection is given

- look how cute it sleeps

- but you did want it put to sleep didn't you

- yes

- you did want it to join the choir invisible, didn't you?

- say what?
10:13 October 10, 2010 by Makaveli
Are there no better news items to be reporting about instead of talking about dead cats?...This is ridiculous
10:32 October 10, 2010 by jack sprat
The ignorance and lack of professionalism of some Swedish vets has never ceased to amaze me.

It culminated in one wet behind the ears vet almost killing my dog which was just in for simple routine treatment.

After what I had already seen, I would have avoided them like the plague,but had no choice when travelling back to the UK.

I can only conclude that they must get their qualifications out of cornflakes packets.
11:38 October 10, 2010 by Already in use
You mean, she did *not* get some information sheet about the procedure that she asked for and had to sign it? Is that even legal? I mean, sorry, but I thought you asked me to run over your dog, I'm sure I heard you said so the other day.
14:24 October 10, 2010 by Nemesis
I will second Swedish vets being crap.

My friend had to remove her Irish Wolfhound from a Vet after finding out the Vet was phoning the Zoo to check if it was really a dog, due to its size.

I assume the Vet had to fail an IQ test to become a vetinary surgeon in Sweden.
14:58 October 10, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
Here's what the vet (Stefan Rösäter) has been saying in his defense (for those of you that can read Swedish):

Jag är ledsen över misstaget att avliva katten Brownie vilket jag redan framförde 18/6-2010. Djurägaren Lena som satt i väntrummet medan Elina var inne på mottagningen hörde mig fråga med tydlig röst "var det den här katten som skulle avlivas" och efter ca en minut dvs efter själva avlivningen sa jag enligt Lena "men katten skulle ju avlivas" Då höjde Elina rösten och sa Nej Nej och efter detta sa jag enligt Lena nu är det för sent den är avlivad. Lena hörde inte Elina säga ja på min första fråga om katten skulle avlivas för hon pratade med lägre röst enligt Lena men jag hörde ett tydligt ja på min fråga för annars hade jag aldrig avlivat katten.

Min teori är att Elina trodde jag frågade om sterilisering och att hon därför svarade ja på min fråga. För att undvika detta får alla from 19/6-2010 skriva under ett avlivningstillstånd före en avlivning. Jag är verkligen ledsen för detta och jag har bett Elina om ursäkt men jag går inte med på utpressning. Elinas erbjudande att jag skulle betala 7000kr för annars nöjer hon sig inte med anmälan avböjde jag med bestämdhet. Jag ville gottgöra henne för att både hon och jag var ledsna men inte genom anmälan och hot.
15:25 October 10, 2010 by Puffin
It sounds tragic

I have a fantastic vet here in Sweden - better than all of the UK rip-off artists - he truly makes time for animals and has even seen our cat at 10pm at his home in an emergency situation - true dedication
17:08 October 10, 2010 by Sam1
Hahaha...Like usual..by the way all the docs in Sweden **The veterinarian seemed so experienced and convincing**

Behave convincing but most know nothing, they know how to party at young age and drink..and later study medicine to get a certificate...

I have seen myself many screw up, Many docs I met in Jämtland were inadequate to be docs they were shmucks..If you get back pain exercise, if you have stomach pain blame it on IBS, an unkown disease, anything else take Panadol..bunch of idiots, all the rich Sweds get themselves treated in other countries!!! its a fact
17:52 October 10, 2010 by facetedjewel

Good choice of name. Machiavelli was a sociopath too.
19:41 October 10, 2010 by Strongbow
Sam1, you're expecting a lot from a rural area.
20:02 October 10, 2010 by Swedesmith
From what I can gather from the Swedish translation ( thanks, Isay...) it just sounds like a huge misunderstanding that will be prevented in the future by using a form. Unless, of course, the man filling out the form is the Irishman from the other story (Jobless Man Must Repay Funds). He would probably fill out the form incorrectly and instead of getting jobless benefits might just have himself sterilized!
01:49 October 11, 2010 by DAVID T
i hate cats - the vet did a good thing
08:26 October 11, 2010 by athleticmeagan
Anyone can just walk right in, and have a pet killed-for no apparent reason? What if you get some sociopath off the streets, collecting animals, just to have them put down.

And for such a final thing (the killing of a pet) I can't believe there were no forms before this incident.

Sad for the cat.
09:37 October 11, 2010 by salalah
Euthanize the vet!!

Then ask his wife/girlfriend/mother afterwards if that is what they wanted....
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