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.