‘Euthanized’ Dog Found Alive

A woman who owned a one-year-old Chihuahua named Lola received a shock when she was called about changing its microchip information to a new owner because she had previously approved euthanization for it by a veterinarian, so she had assumed it was deceased. Lola had been suffering after being attacked by another dog and the vet had told her Lola had only about a 20 percent chance of survival. The bill to attempt treating the injuries also would be high. So the woman signed a document allowing euthanization because she didn’t want her dog to suffer more.

The vet didn’t euthanize the dog though, it was given to a rehabilitation facility without the owner’s knowledge. Legally the vet could do this because the owner had signed the appropriate documentation, which transferred ownership rights to the vet.

If the account is true, it does seem very insensitive of a vet to charge a euthanization fee and then send the animal to a rehab center without telling the owner. Lola’s owner wants a refund and an apology. Her five-year old daughter was also understandably upset about Lola’s assumed death.

Remarkably, the woman who first owned Lola decided to let her former dog stay with the new owner, the person who took care of Lola and nursed her back to health. Her letting go and empathizing with the new owner is an admirable and perhaps rare moment of grace.

Microchips have been useful in a number of cases where pets are lost or presumed dead, though some people still resist getting them.

Image Credit: Paul Komarek Dog pictured above is not Lola.

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katarzyna phillips

a confusing story, however i'm glad lola is still alive [i presume?] but the bureaucracy is something i'm not too happy about. as the article says, the owner should have been notified that lola was being sent to a rehab centre. i know all of our situations are different, but i do have some savings in case of house emergencies of if something happened to my dog or snake. when my dog and i got attacked just before christmas, i took all my cards with me so i had access to all my money if the vet bill was more than my bank balance allowed. luckily for me, it was just under £70. my dog is also microchipped and when the time comes that he is no longer with me, i want to be with him till i can bring him home

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

This is the best story of my day and I love chihuahuas with a passion!

Vaiva G.
Vaiva G.3 years ago

I don't understand how vets in good conscience can suggest euthanasia for animals that can be saved with expensive treatments, or animal groups that offer to take animals from people and then pay for it. for vets, why not offer better payment plans? and for animal groups, why not offer help rather than taking the animal? I am so happy this doggy had a happy ending though!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

wow this vet should be in big trouble. poor lady. glad the dog is alive and well though. bet the poor dog thinks she was abandoned

Deepika B.
Deepika B.3 years ago

I would say kudos to the vet who saved Lola....otherwise the owner in this case wanted her to die ( whatever may be the case...... ) First of all, I don't think anyone of us has the right to take away the most precious gift called life except of-course the Almighty! I believe there is always a way around than killing someone, Vet did just that, a very kind deed, luckily for Lola she healed in the rehab and found a much more loving n caring owner who willing to walk an extra mile.....I'm happy for you Lola, wishing you a long loving and healthy life ahead baby :)

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon3 years ago

The woman who signed the order for the euthanasia wants an apology and a refund but not the dog? The mind boggles.

Suzanne Loewen
SuzanneAWAY L.3 years ago

The vet did right by Lola.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


Colleen Wright
Colleen W.3 years ago

Why does the article keep on referring to Lola as "it"?

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

So glad Lola is alive, and with the person who nursed her back to health. Shame on that "doctor"! Also, kudos to the former owner who allowed the second owner to keep the dog.