Skip to comments.Animal Rights Activist, 31 of Her Dogs Found Dead in Garage ('No Kill' Shelter Director)
Posted on 11/11/2013 3:01:39 PM PST by nickcarraway
An Ohio woman who lived much of her life as an animal lover may have died a dog killer.
Sandra Lertzman, 62, was found dead along with 31 of her dogs, many of them puppies, in a running car in the garage of her Moreland Hills home on Monday.
Investigators told WOIO that they found a suicide note in the house and several prescription vials in the vehicle. It wasnt clear how she and the pups died.
One of the dogs managed to survive by finding a small opening in the garage where it could breathe, authorities said.
Lertzman was the executive director of the Animal Rights Foundation and, according to the groups website, had been involved in animal rescue for almost 40 years.
She was an animal lover. She feeds deer, dogs. She boarded dogs several years ago," a neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told WOIO.
There were also several cats inside the house that have been taken in by a caretaker. The lone surviving pooch was given to a family member.
Indeed. Choking on some of the self-righteousness being spewed here....
was it just suicide or did she decide to take 31 other sentient and otherwise still enjoying life dogs with her?
In the end, that’s the only mind that mattered.
Suicides effect all those left behind, including animals. If she treated her animals as her children, it appears she wanted them dead as well. That isn't an act or action of a logical mind.
Sad story - I have a guess, but it’s just that. The reason she was “rescuing” was she was afraid that the animals would be euthanized. Caring for them became too much financially, emotionally, physically or all three. If she surrendered them, she would fear (probably correctly) that some would be euthanized. She preferred to have them die with her, someone they knew.
Rationality isn’t one of the strong elements of suicide, but I could see the above happening.
We haven't those people in decades.
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