According to a report from WWMT in Kalamazoo, a family is in mourning after their dog was refused treatment at an animal emergency room.
Keri Kellogg-Hill took had their dog Marley, a one-year-old German Shepherd, taken to the vet on Friday in order to be spayed.
Kellogg-Hill and her husband got the dog to celebrate their wedding.
Not long after the operation was complete, the dog started to have problems. Marley began dry heaving and bleeding, according to Kellogg-Hill.
Kellogg-Hill took Marley to an animal emergency hospital where the medical staff said it would cost $1,700 just to find out what was wrong with the dog.
The family said they applied for a credit card and for payment plans, but were denied both. The hospital said that without the money, they could not help Marley.
Marley has since passed away.
The Southwest Michigan Annual Emergency Hospital sent a statement to WWMT that said:
"We are very sorry to have learned of the passing of Ms. Kellogg's pet. We also understand the strong emotional reaction many have had to her story. Over the years we have provided care to thousands of animals and we are committed to operating an ethically responsible and compassionate emergency practice.
At the same time, the costs of care - particularly the costs of complex medical, intensive care and surgical procedures - force pet owners and caregivers alike into impossible, heartbreaking situations every day. We did everything we could for Ms. Kellogg's dog up to the point of initiating a risky and complex exploratory surgery that would have cost thousands with no assurance of payment. As a small business, we simply could not stay open if we did these kinds of procedures.
Our hospital provides a vital service to the community and we care very deeply about our patients and their families. But we simply could not continue to provide these services to our community if we did not have policies that reflect financial realities of emergency animal care. We have a very caring, compassionate and dedicated staff, each of whom has chosen emergency medicine as their life's work because of their love of animals and their commitment to doing the best they can to help the pets in our community.
We have a limited staff, and like everyone else, only so many hours in our day (and night). As a result, our focus needs to be on our patients and we will have no other comment on this topic."
You can read more at our sister station's site here: http://www.wwmt.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wwmt_family-speaks-out-after-dying-dog-refused-treatment-at-animal-hospital-19449.shtml