dog breach

I didn’t realize how much I was missing this field until we set foot in it – immediately, that spirit-soaring feeling, light and movement flooding you, in you and out of you and around you.

-scp foundation K-9 units
-scp k-9 dogs being trained to seek out anomolous items and indicate specific anamolous activity to handlers
-scp guard dogs doing guard work inside the sites with the guards themselves to sniff out sleeper agents and bugs
-really fluffy, massive guard dogs on patrol around the outer grounds of Siberian sites
-dogs trained with specific task forces for specific duties, like guarding items in transport
-attack dogs helping in GoI busts and raids
-therapy dogs
-dogs trained to routinely escort specific humanoid entities
-the dogs in the site k-9 kennels starting to freak out and execute “uncertain activity” indication commands right before a breach
-patrol dogs indicating approaching vehicles and unidentifiable persons
-scp K-9 units

New SCP D20 clipboard is complete! And it only took one game sitting to finish!
In our campaign my Hawaiian hacker, Nani, has accidentally become SCP 1471’s personal handler since she’s been the only person to ever just be okay with him hanging around… I thought it would be fitting to do a cute tropical Mal0 to represent her character info during games.

Euthanasia of healthy animals

Here are some difficult ethical dilemmas to start the day. I’ve extracted them from the book ‘An Introduction to Veterinary Medical Ethics, Theory and Cases’ by Bernard E. Rollin.

‘A woman brings you her five-year-old cocker spaniel for euthanasia. She is not a regular client of yours and you ask why she wants the dog destroyed. She says she is moving in to an apartment with her boyfriend, he doesn’t like the dog, and pets aren’t allowed in the building. You ask if she has tried to put the dog up for adoption, but she replies it is none of your business.  She simply wants the dog humanely destroyed, and if you don’t euthanize it her boyfriend will shoot it.

Is it ethically correct to euthanise the dog?

What Bernard made clear in his answer is that undertaking an action that is a world apart from one’s moral backbone is extremely damaging to one’s mental health. This is called ‘moral stress’. The only way to reduce the damaging effects of euthanising a healthy animal is to know you tried everything you could to prevent it, and saved it from undue suffering.

If I were the vet I would point out to the owner that putting the dog up for adoption really is my business, as I have trained for 5+ years to promote animal health and welfare. I do not think a vet should encourage using animals as disposable items by putting a healthy animal down without a ‘fight’. I would point out that the practice has a list of foster families/ could keep the dog in kennels while she reconsiders. I was also mention that her boyfriend’s act of shooting the dog could breach animal cruelty regulations. Basically my aim would be to sway the patient into realising that they owe this animal a future. They decided to take it on and therefore adopted that responsibility. If they still insisted on euthanasia vs a cruel death I may be faced with the awful reality that destroying the animal is the kindest action, but at least I could rest easier in the knowledge that I tried my best to stop it.

Bernard stated that it has been known for some vets to break the patient-vet contract and pretend to euthanise the animal before having it adopted. He pointed out that this could be seen as the lesser of two evils, as breaking a contract is more trivial than taking an actual life. I’m not sure how comfortable I would feel doing this.

On a similar note:

‘Veterinarians have refused to euthanise a companion animal when the reason for euthanasia is that the owner no longer desires the animal’s companionship. Most working animals, on the other hand, are killed when they can no longer work or when they are no longer profitable.

On what should the decision to keep or kill the animal be based? Is it a matter of species, economics, or the type of service the animal provides?’

The answer to this dilemma seems to be it is at the vet’s discretion. Personally I would work on a case-by-case basis with the aim of preventing a painful death. We could be talking about zoo animals, farm animals, working dogs, race horses etc. In each case I would explore and suggest different options before coming to an informed and sensible decision with the owner.