Woman claims vet mistakenly put down her beloved dog

2019-12-15 11:50
dachshund puppy. (Photo: Getty Images)

dachshund puppy. (Photo: Getty Images)

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A woman is devasted after vet mistakenly euthanised her pup after an awful mix-up.

Andrea Martinez from Utah in the US took to Facebook to share her heartbreaking story, Fox News reports.

She’d reportedly rushed her dachshund puppy, Ziggy, to the veterinary hospital on Saturday 7 December after he started vomiting and breathed weirdly.

The on-call vet suggested that the mutt undergo emergency surgery – something the family had agreed to, according to The Sun.

While performing the surgery, the doctor discovered the pup would require more complicated surgery which would turn out to be very costly for the family.

The hospital secretary then reportedly contacted an owner of a different dog, also named Ziggy, to ask if they should put him down or go ahead with the pricey procedure.

But Andrea says she never received that call.

“They called another [dog's] mom thinking it was me, and she said no to go ahead and lay him down,” Andrea said in the post.

Only after little Ziggy was put down did someone from the vet's office phone her with the devastating news.

When Andrea protested, the doctor realised they’d made a huge mistake, ABC 7 reveals.

“Then he got back on [the phone] and he apologised and said, ‘I’m so sorry that this happened, we got confused and ended up calling another dog’s mom,’” she told local media.

Andrea revealed that Ziggy would follow her around and was her daughter’s best friend.

"How do you tell a six-year-old her best friend died and we didn't have a choice to try everything to stop him from dying.

“This whole thing seriously makes me so sick to my stomach,” she said.

The hospital has waived Andrea’s bill and apologised to the family.

“They said there’s no making it right, but this is what they can do to show that they’re sorry.”

Source: Fox News, The Sun, ABC News

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