Woman’s will states her dog to be killed, buried with her

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AURORA, Ind. — A recently deceased Indiana woman loved her dog so much, she requested in her last will and testament that her German Shepherd, Bella, be buried with her.

There’s just one problem. Bella is still alive.

According to WCPO.com, Connie Lay died on Nov. 25. Her will states that Bella should be euthanized, cremated and buried with her.

“(Lay) made provisions that in the event of her death, she wanted her very close friend to take charge of the dog,” Lay’s attorney, Doug Denmure, told WCPO. “She also then requested that the dog be put to sleep, cremated and that the dog’s ashes be placed with her own ashes.”

Denmure said Lay’s request to put Bella down is completely legal.

“The dog was owned by my client and now it’s part of her estate,” Denmure told WCPO. “And those are her wishes, as far as the future of the dog is concerned. Outsiders don’t have the grounds to rewrite the provisions of my client’s will and impose what they want.”

Now, the dog is in the hands of Lay’s friends and is being housed at PAWS of Dearborn County Humane Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  Friends have not made a decision on putting Bella down, or perhaps being sending it to Utah, as was an alternative option as stated in the will.

The dog does not interact well with other animals, WCPO.com reports, and is considered by some to be “potentially dangerous.”

Since the story aired, many have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #SaveBella.

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  • donald d

    I Do not think that people should have the right to comment or even show this story…People have choices all the time when it comes to their last will and testament…..You are not honoring this womans last requests in life and now are slandering her final requests.. People have been doing this since the beginning of time..

    • dicky head

      Well when I die Donald I want you to be force fed dog shit… Fuck honoring that crazy selfish bitch. What about honoring that dogs life?

    • Agent5150

      If we’re going to say “it’s been done since the beginning of time,” then would it be acceptable to you for a man to will that upon his death, his wife, pets, horses, and servents all be euthanized and buried with him? That was a tradition in many cultures dating back thousands of years. The dog in this story is a living creature: not a piece of property. I have every right to criticize anyone, living or dead, who puts their own selfish desires above the health and well-being of a living creature they claim to love.

  • Lisa

    I think her request should be honored. She knew her dog better than anyone else and maybe knew the dog would not do well with anyone other than her. The story states the dog does not interact well with other animals and is considered by some to be potentially dangerous. I can understand people wanting to save the dog, but I also think Connie’s wishes need to be respected. I am sure the dog is confused being moved around and does not understand why her owner is not with her. I hope they do the right thing and honor the request from her will.

  • df

    It shouldn’t be legal for them to kill this dog. And don’t refer to her as an “it.” She’s a living sentient creature. The dog should be sent to Utah, a fate only slightly better than death, if that was an option in the will anyway. People are sick – it’s sick to make a request to have a healthy animal murdered and buried with you.

  • jcw

    None of us know the situation but my guess is that this is a dog that needs to be managed and the deceased owner knew it and knew it could not be re-homed. It may not do well with other animals and/or people; it may be shy, fearful, or reactive. The dog is also older. These things make the dog extremely difficult, if not impossible to place. If this is the case, and it sounds like it from part of the article, the woman probably did not want her dog to suffer the distress and fear of being held in a shelter. I don’t believe this woman was being selfish and “loved her dog so much” she wanted it killed to be with her. I believe she was trying to protect her dog from all the things that can happen to it now that she’s not here to protect it. Shame on her friend for not honoring her wishes.

  • Tim

    This poor dog has lost her best freond , so it would seem only natural that her demeanor may be off , and perhaps even atand offish ,as everything in her world has been
    Turned upside down , however that just does not justify putting a healthy dog down for its owners selfish desires , surely there must be ao.e family member or friend , or a rescue that will give this dog a home for its remaining years , i couldnt imagi e killing one of our fur babies just because i wanted them to follow me in death . This is wrong any way you look at it , this isnt an old blanket to be buried with her , this is a living being…and personally , shame on her for even putting this in her will

  • Dee

    Ok have Bella’s ashes mixed with her owners when she passes. How old is Bella?? So what she doesn’t get along with other animals. Come on
    Folks!! This is insane!!