I’m not sure if this is a sad story, a happy story or just a weird story.
Probably all three.
A New Mexico woman’s one-year-old Chihuahua Lola was viciously attacked by another dog four months ago.
Lisa Gossett was told by the veterinarian that she had two choices:
"Pay out all this money and there's a 20% chance that she'll live or euthanize her, so it was hard," said Gossett.
Since she didn’t want Lola to suffer, she signed an agreement, paid the fee for cremation, and said goodbye to her dog. It was especially hard on her five-year-old daughter who prayed to see Lola again.
This week Gosset got a phone call from the company that programs ID microchips requesting a switch of Lola’s chip to a new owner.
"And I said 'oh no, you're mistaken Lola is not alive we had her put down she was in an accident’ and they said ‘no ma'am in fact she is alive and there's a request for ownership for her,’" said Gossett.
It seems that when Gossett signed the document to euthanize Lola, she was surrendering all rights of ownership of the dog. According to Gosset, that had not been explained to her.
The veterinarian charged the fees, but then turned the dog over to Second Chance, which rehabilitates injured dogs. They assigned a foster home for Lola’s recovery.
After finding out the situation, Second Chance put Gossett in touch with Lola’s new owner, Leslie Mason. Mason had no idea of the background and believed only that the dog needed to be nursed back to health. She had recently lost a dog and helping Lola recover was the only thing that got her through.
In an act of supreme kindness Gosset and her daughter agreed to let Mason keep the dog she had nursed back to health. I’m sure this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
A couple of observations:
As painful as euthanasia is for us, a dog should die in the arms of her owner and not be carried away in her last moments of life by a stranger.
Without hearing the veterinarian side, I am reluctant to comment, but charging for a service not performed is unethical and could result in a heartbreaking situation. The story