Remembering Dr. Troutt, A True Friend to Animals

Sadly, on December 4th, the UI School of Veterinary Medicine lost Dr. Frederick Troutt, head of veterinary clinical medicine from 1988 to 1998.  The Champaign County Humane Society extends its condolences to Dr. Troutt’s family, friends, coworkers, and students. 

The obituary that ran in yesterday’s edition of The News-Gazette summarized Dr. Troutt’s many academic and professional accomplishments well.  But in addition to all of that, I’d like people to know the ways in which Dr. Troutt was a good friend to this community and to the Champaign County Humane Society.  During the early years in our “new” Urbana facility, when we were evolving into a modern humane society, Dr. Troutt helped us establish bonds with the School of Veterinary Medicine that still exist today and make it possible for us to provide an exceptional level of care to many homeless animals.

Long time friend of CCHS, Harriett Weatherford was also a friend of Dr. Troutt.  She remembers when she and Dr. Troutt decided, over lunch, to start bringing shelter animals to Vet Med for spay/neuter surgeries, a win-win plan through which shelter animals were altered and vet students gained experience and honed their skills.

Harriett also remembers some of the animals that Dr. Troutt helped us save at Vet Med.  The dog who needed bladder surgery, the dog that had been brutally attacked with a skewer, and the dog that had been slammed so hard into a wall that his eye was knocked out.  Without Dr. Troutt’s willingness to help, these animals would have been lost.   

Dr. Troutt helped out in other ways too, when he could.  When State inspectors impounded over 50 Greyhounds (kept in horrible conditions by a local fool who thought greyhound racing was going to be legal in Illinois), the shelter would have been overwhelmed if not for Dr. Troutt.  He allowed us to house a number of the Greyhounds at Vet Med until we could find other placements.

When the local animal control department helped the city with a drug raid and brought 12 very nasty dogs to the shelter, it looked like we would have to euthanize 12 nice dogs to find space for the aggressive ones that had to be held for the court case.  We contacted Dr. Troutt and he agreed to take the 12 dogs.  We intended to give him the nice ones for safe keeping until we had room for them, but later learned that he had been willing to house even the nasty ones. 

On one occasion, Dr. Troutt agreed to house 20 animals while we renovated the shelter’s air-handling system.  To our surprise, the animals that had gone to Vet Med unaltered returned to the shelter incapable of reproduction. 

To this day, the Champaign County Humane Society is grateful to Dr. Troutt for his compassion, his generosity, and his vision.  He laid the groundwork for the existing partnership which enables us to provide extraordinary care to animals in dire need.  Many loving pet-owners in this community probably don’t even realize that the dog or cat at their feet, or on their lap, is there today because of Dr. Troutt.  He will be missed. 

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Meg Dickinson wrote on December 09, 2010 at 2:12 pm
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What a legacy! I enjoyed reading about all his contributions.

Also... if you ever have another situation, where you quickly need to make room for a bunch of dogs, will you let your audience know? That might be a great opportunity for some of us to ... ahem... convince our significant other that NOW is the time to get a dog. Nothing like a life-and-death situation to finally commit to one!