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Old 12-23-2012, 11:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I would have removed the dog they adopted right away and yes I would report it and have them charged with animal cruelty. Doing surgery on your dog because you can't afford the vet bill is a very poor excuse, the dog could easily have died from blood loss, infection, or other complications

What they did was not love, there were other options available. Payment plans for one, even contacting you or other rescues for help!
To their defense, they spent over 2000 bucks and the vet still didn't know how to treat her, sounds to me more like he wanted to take matters into his own hands. Which is bad, but has nothing to do with not affording the vet bill.

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Old 12-23-2012, 12:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hopefully she's ok. You did the right thing and IMO he isn't a bad owner just unstable. I don't know how I would react if we spent thousands of dollars and still didn't get anywhere while the chance of loosing my dog got closer... I love my dogs, they are part of my family...


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Old 12-23-2012, 12:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You know, one thing I believe is wrong with Society these days is that there are two extremes and barely a middle ground. One extreme is the kind of dog owner who easily disposes of a dog and the other extreme is the type of owner who just can't let go or doesn't "believe" in Euthanazia.

The middle ground is the kind of owner who knows when to let go but doesn't dispose of the dog just to get rid of it.

Kind of sad when you think about it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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IMHO you handled an extremely awkward situation extremely well ... I know I would also have removed the dog but don't think I could have been so level headed about doing it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:10 PM   #15 (permalink)
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To their defense, they spent over 2000 bucks and the vet still didn't know how to treat her, sounds to me more like he wanted to take matters into his own hands. Which is bad, but has nothing to do with not affording the vet bill.
Yes $2,000 is a lot of money but if the problem isn't solved then unfortunately more would be needed. Surgery, biopsy, specialists, etc. While they did pay for the first round it sounded to me from the story that it was the cost of more bills that drove him to do home surgery rather then go back to a vet
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:30 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm a little confused. A few questions.

The Australian Shepherd was not the dog you adopted to them?

And when you left was he still cutting the tumor out? Did he end up cutting it out?

What happened when you called the police? Did they take the dog?

How did she get to a vet?

Sorry for all the ?? but I am just trying to understand the sequence of events.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:02 PM   #17 (permalink)
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There are so many options for assistance on vet bills. Over the summer, we had a ton of them. Sweet Pea managed to pop her hip out of socket twice and then developed a pretty nasty eye infection a week later.

The vet set up a payment plan with us, but we also had a CareCredit credit card. Going forward, maybe you could suggest that to anyone that gets a dog from you and ends up having medical issues. It's a card specifically for medical expenses -- human AND animal. Works like any other card with your average APR.

I hate incurring more debt on credit cards, but when it comes to my family's health, I'd do whatever takes. I'm sure this guy was thinking the same thing... but he went off the deep end with it. That poor family. It hurts my feelings!


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Old 12-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #18 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=GSDGunner;2662400]

The Australian Shepherd was not the dog you adopted to them?
No the Aussie was not the dog I adopted to them. They adopted a GSD from me,and the Aussie was his dog before they got married.


And when you left was he still cutting the tumor out? Did he end up cutting it out?

He was no longer cutting the tumor when I left,but had been for about 20 minutes before I got there according to his wife. When I showed up there was a a bunch of blood and pus all over the sheet.This was done while she was fully awake. He said that he numbed the area,but didn't say with what.


What happened when you called the police? Did they take the dog?

The police called animal control and they took her to a local emergency animal hospital. I got a call from one of the doctors about an hour ago saying the tumor ruptured and they couldn't stop the bleeding. So unfortunately the dog didn't make it.

The police were going to just cite the owners (the wife too),but her husband got really irate once they arrived.He took a little trip with them downtown.

The dog that I adopted to them is back home with me.Nothing was wrong with him,but I couldn't leave him there.
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The Australian Shepherd was not the dog you adopted to them?
No the Aussie was not the dog I adopted to them. They adopted a GSD from me,and the Aussie was his dog before they got married.


And when you left was he still cutting the tumor out? Did he end up cutting it out?

He was no longer cutting the tumor when I left,but had been for about 20 minutes before I got there according to his wife. When I showed up there was a a bunch of blood and pus all over the sheet.This was done while she was fully awake. He said that he numbed the area,but didn't say with what.


What happened when you called the police? Did they take the dog?

The police called animal control and they took her to a local emergency animal hospital. I got a call from one of the doctors about an hour ago saying the tumor ruptured and they couldn't stop the bleeding. So unfortunately the dog didn't make it.

The police were going to just cite the owners (the wife too),but her husband got really irate once they arrived.He took a little trip with them downtown.

The dog that I adopted to them is back home with me.Nothing was wrong with him,but I couldn't leave him there.
Thanks for the clarification. But OMG, that poor dog! She didn't deserve to go that way.
Did the owner attempting to cut the tumor out contribute to the dogs ultimate demise?
I'm so glad you have the other dog. Ughh, what is wrong with people?

May that poor little girl RIP!
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Yes his cutting contributed to the outcome.The tumor turned out to be a mass cell.I seem to get some of the most outrageous things that come through my rescue.Another day's work I guess.


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Did the owner attempting to cut the tumor out contribute to the dogs ultimate demise?
I'm so glad you have the other dog. Ughh, what is wrong with people?

May that poor little girl RIP!
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