A Colorado dog owner took her dog to the vet because she was dehydrated and vomiting. The vet said she’d keep the dog overnight. The next morning, the owner received a phone call from a different vet at another clinic, saying he had her dog and the dog had been hit by a car on the freeway. The dog died shortly thereafter.
The owner learned that her dog had been placed in a kennel with a broken latch at the original vet clinic and that the back door of that clinic was propped open. The dog walked out and made her way to the interstate before being run over.
The day after the dog died, the original vet refunded the owner’s $642 payment for veterinary care (she was actually charged?), sent flowers and fired the staff member who had put the dog in the kennel with the broken latch. The owner visited the clinic and asked to see the kennel and, astonishingly, found another dog inside with the latch still broken. (Never mind firing the tech, this vet needs to fire herself!)
The owner has filed a complaint with the state veterinary board which may be heard in October. In the meantime, she has set up a website in tribute to her dog and as a way to educate owners.