A dog who had been confined to a hospital for two months and then returned to his owner for a new diagnosis was euthanased after he was diagnosed with canine coronavirus.
Kitty had developed pneumonia after suffering from the canine coronovirus, which has killed at least 23 people.
“He’s gone through a very difficult time and we’re really sad that he’s gone,” said his owner, Sharon Taylor.
“We’re really devastated and just want to get back to normal.
He’s a big dog, a big family member, so we’ve got to take him to his new home.”
Kitty’s owner, from New Jersey, has been fighting for three weeks to get her dog back to her husband and two children.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks, but we’ve had our time.
I think it’s about time we let him go,” she said.”
His health was very fragile, he was a puppy and was in a wheelchair, he needed help to walk.
He was a great dog.”
Taylor said she was initially hesitant to euthanise her dog because she feared it would be too painful to remove him from the hospital.
“I had some fears but we had to go through with it because it was a really important family member,” she told Al Jazeera.
“The dog is a very important part of our family and we had all the right precautions in place.
I know there’s a lot of fear, but I think we were right to go ahead with it.”
The dog had been in the intensive care unit for two weeks when his owners returned to the house in September, a week after the coronaviruses first started circulating.
Kitten kennaels are commonly used as quarantine pets in the UK and US, where they are used to prevent disease from spreading.
The kennelled breeds are used as a last resort when dogs are sick, as a quarantine or to help control wild dogs.
They are bred in captivity, in the hope that they will breed in the wild and eventually be released back into the wild.
They can weigh between 1.5 and 2kg and are typically confined to large indoor pens.