A story appeared online on Tuesday about a family that lost their dog after it was hit by a motor vehicle. The thing is, that dog did not necessarily have to die. The reason that it did was because it was refused emergency medical treatment by a veterinarian at the Stafford Veterinary Center in the Stafford, Connecticut community.
The veterinary office was closed at the time of the accident. When the phone call came into the emergency line, there was some discrepancy as to how the situation was dealt with. Unless someone was present, it would be difficult to ascertain how the situation actually went down. The question is whether the vet refused treatment due to money or was he being abused on the telephone and simply decided that it was not worth the hassle at the late hour.
No matter what, for those involved, including the two children that witnessed the accident and later found out that their eight-month old puppy, Major, had passed away after their mom’s boyfriend was forced to drive him 40 miles further to the next veterinary office in the close vicinity.
If the issue had to do with money, then this puts a sour taste in the mouths of dog lovers. If the issue had anything to do with Major being a Pitbull mix, then this is shameful indeed. If it had to do with verbal abuse being issued to the veterinarian because the office was closed, then the story takes on an entirely different meaning.
Veterinarians take an oath just as other doctors do, so they should be willing to help an animal no matter its size, gender, breed or age. Money is typically an issue for many reasons, but most doctors will help animals and humans alike so that they are able to get treatment – especially in cases of emergencies such as this one. If the issue was due to lack of respect from one human being to another, then the lesson here is simply “Do unto others” or “You catch more flies with honey.”
Whatever the issue, it is important that animals are treated when required. It is important that veterinarians are able to sacrifice themselves in order to save animals that could possibly be saved no matter the payment method. Lastly, it is crucial that we are all kind to one-another because the cost is too great in the end if we are not! Lesson learned!