This story is disgusting, but I wish it were shocking. A Bronx-based veterinarian named Andrew Manesis took money from people to properly and ethically dispose of their beloved pets, but instead he tossed their bodies out of the car along the highway.
He was caught by the SPCA and Westchester County Police.
According to Lohud.com, he had been doing this for quite some time.
“Dr. Manesis was entrusted by his clients to dispose of their pets’ remains in a proper and dignified manner,” Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth said. “Instead, it appears he simply pulled off to the side of a local highway and tossed the animal carcasses into the woods.”
Unfortunately, only a few families have been identified.
Generally, there are a few ways a pet’s body can be disposed of. While the most common is cremation, there are several “levels” that are available. A pet can be cremated with other medical waste (commonly known as “sharps”); this is the least expensive. Then there is generally an option that is a group cremation with other animals, and this is slightly more expensive. Lastly, there is private cremation, where your pet is cremated alone, and the individual ashes returned to you.
When I was a veterinary technician, there was a certain veterinarian I worked for that did something similar to what this vet is being accused of. He owned a farm outside the city so he had a private “crematorium” on his property (really just a pit he tossed the bodies into. He’d bring back a box of ashes upon occasion and we were required to parcel out the ashes into containers that were (this is so gross, and why I quit working there) “small, medium, and large.” When a private cremation was purchased, we’d wait a couple of weeks and then give the owners the appropriate size. Of course, there was no way in hell that the ashed contained in that package actually belonged to their pet.
While Dr. Manesis is currently out on bail, he is expected to be charged. I hope he goes to jail.