Tuesday, March 7, 2017

California: Pit bull owners says he'll pay the vet bills after his dog mauls cat, but changes his mind when he finds out how high the bills are - leaving the poor cat's owners stuck with the $6,000 bill

CALIFORNIA -- Ester Roi posted on Facebook March 6, 2017

Gus, a friend's cat, was attacked by a pit bull dog 2 and a half weeks ago and the bills are at almost $6,000.00 Please help if you can. <3

GoFundMe link: Gus's vet $$ from pit bull attack

Created February 18, 2017 by Donna L. Hollander

Gus, our flame point Siamese, was attacked by a pit bull Thursday afternoon February 16.  Gus followed John down to the garage.  Gus likes to follow John, my husband, everywhere. So it wasn’t unusual that Gus followed John down to the street to our garage.  Gus is almost exclusively an indoor cat, but he likes to sit in the sun and pee on plants. Gus had meandered across the street and was standing behind a car.

A man was being walked by his pit bull, on a ten foot long leash.  The dog saw Gus and lunged for him.  John grabbed the dog by the ears and shook him screaming (and kicking) to let go, the man held on to the leash...  I heard the commotion and saw Gus in the mouth of the dog and I started screaming, running downstairs to help.

John was able to get Gus out of the dog's mouth. Gus immediately retreated under the car.  John was able to pull him out by the tail.  I grabbed the pet carrier and drove Gus immediately to the vet who said his injuries were too extensive for them to handle.

They were able to tell us that Gus' right arm was crushed below his elbow a bone was dislocated and the tendon severed.  Additionally half of his right rear foot was mangled.  

John met me at the vet’s and we drove Gus 30 miles to the emergency animal hospital in Tustin.  The amazing vets there performed a two hour surgery Friday night.  The Doctor is happy with the outcome, but said time will tell.

The dog’s owner initially said he would pay for the vet bills, and gave us contact info, but after learning that the bills would be between $4500 and $5800, has stopped answering our calls.

We are currently pursuing all the avenues a responsible pet owner would do to convince the irresponsible dog owner to step/grow/own up. We have reached out to him through phone calls, texts and a letter, to no avail.

In the mean time we need any and all help with the bills now. The hospital asked for half down. . We were able to use the $2000 on my care credit but we had to come up with the $3400 balance to bail Gus out and now we need a bit of bailing out ourselves!  Any amount of help is appreciated.   We can trade cat hair in great quantities...

Thank you all.

We got Gus home yesterday at about at about 3. He really didn't want to be left alone. So John John read and Gus slept on him....I ended up making a bed next to Gus on the bathroom floor and sleeping with him snuggled next to me all night. We'll see how long that lasts.

We went to the Vet today Gus got his bandages changed. They took the big one off and the Dr. was gonna leave it that way but I was concerned about Gus putting weight on his wrist and not using his toes. So he just wrapped his wrist and toes. Long ride home. Sleeping in the sun is good. We put the tea shirt on him instead of the cone.

Gus likes to sun himself in the mornings. He is wearing an old tee from when our youngest was a toddler(19 years ago, amazing the things you keep). He doesn't like the "Cone of Shame" and this is a better way of keeping him from licking his healing stitches and shaved skin.
Again thank you to everyone who has been there for us emotionally, monetarily, and physically.

It has been suggested we take the owner of the pit bull to small claims court. We are. However even if we win that doesn't me we'll get paid. From everything we have seen the guy lives his life as responsibly as he walks his dog.

Gus' new shirt.


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