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    only to later be put down

    'A frightened stray puppy was saved by firefighter from a water catchment area, only to later be put down - most ironically - by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.'

    What does it mean of 'only to later be put down'?

    Tks / ju

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    Re: only to later be put down

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    'A frightened stray puppy was saved by firefighter from a water catchment area, only to later be put down - most ironically - by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.'

    What does it mean of 'only to later be put down'?

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    An animal who is 'put down' is euthanized. The stray puppy was saved but, apparently, had complications that resulted in euthanization.


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    Re: only to later be put down

    'A frightened stray puppy was saved by firefighter from a water catchment area, only to later be put down - most ironically - by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.'

    'later' is poorly placed in the phrase: it would be better as, "...only to be put down later..."

    only : with the unfortunate result that (but then what happened was)

    amigos4 has explained the rest.

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