A woman in Maine was recently forced to surrender her puppy after she was initially unable to pay a $10,000 vet bill.
According to WGME-TV in Portland, Maine, Rachel Mullen recently adopted a German shepherd puppy from a breeder. However, the puppy, named Jaxx, was forced to take a visit to the vet after he ingested a wooden skewer, the local news station reported.
While speaking with the local news station, Mullen said that her usual vet recommended that she take her puppy to the Maine Veterinary Medical Center for further care following the accident.
“The last thing I did was gave him a hug and a kiss and told him to go get better,” she told WGME-TV, adding that her puppy was admitted to the Maine Veterinary Medical Center last week.
A day after she dropped Jaxx off at the Maine Veterinary Medical Center, Mullen was informed that she would have to pay a $10,000 bill for her puppy’s procedure.
You can’t come up with $10,000, unless you have very big pockets, in six hours.
“You can’t come up with $10,000, unless you have very big pockets, in six hours,” Mullen told WGME-TV. “I was given the option to pay or surrender him.”
On the Maine Veterinary Medical Center’s website, there is a client intake form, which states that 50 percent of the estimated amount for the animal’s procedure is due upfront, “for all patients upon admission to the hospital.”
Newsweek reached out to the Maine Veterinary Medical Center for comment.
Jaxx needed urgent surgery, and since she was unable to immediately come up with the funds for her puppy, she was forced to surrender her pet electronically. Mullen told WGME-TV that she electronically signed the surrender papers “so they would help him.”
Despite surrendering her puppy initially, WGME-TV reported that Mullen continued to try and acquire the funds needed to pay for the surgery, creating a GoFundMe for friends and family to donate, and she was eventually able to obtain the amount needed to pay for Jaxx.
According to WGME-TV, Mullen then called the Maine Veterinary Medical Center to inform them that she could pay, but she was told that her puppy was gone.
I called and said, ‘I have the money, and I want to try and get my dog back.’ He’s gone; he’s not here.
“I called and said, ‘I have the money, and I want to try and get my dog back.’ He’s gone; he’s not here,” Mullen told the local news station. “My kids cry and ask about him every day.”
According to WGME-TV, the Maine Veterinary Medical Center directed the local news station to contact the Rarebreed Veterinary Partners, which is the medical center’s corporate owner.
“When you surrender a pet, it’s a legally binding contract,” a spokesperson for Rarebreed Veterinary Partners, told WGME-TV.
Newsweek reached out to Rarebreed Veterinary Partners for comment.
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