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Sep 23, 2012 12:44 PM by Matt Stafford

Cat goes to vet for flea bath but gets euthanized

GARDNER, Massachusetts (AP) - A Massachusetts woman says her cat went to the veterinarian for a flea bath and was mistakenly euthanized instead.

Colleen Conlon of Gardner is grieving the loss of the cat, 8-year-old Lady, which she attributes to "negligence" by the vet.

Her son took Lady to an animal hospital last week and unknowingly authorized the cat to be put to sleep after he says he was handed the wrong forms.

He says he learned of the mix-up when he returned with a second cat and the vet asked him if he wanted to keep the bodies.

Conlon doesn't think the vet had any "malicious intent." But she's filed a complaint with the attorney general's office.

The veterinarian didn't return a call from the Telegram & Gazette seeking comment.

The cat and facility shown in the picture attached with this article is not associated with this story.

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