An Oshawa woman is facing a heartbreaking situation after she unknowingly signed away her new puppy after a medical emergency brought the pair to a nearby veterinary clinic. Debra DiPasquale gave up legal ownership of her three-month-old Dachshund mix Shiloh after signing several documents which she believed would save the dog’s life.
Shiloh had consumed several of DiPasquale's pills which supposedly had fallen behind her couch, CTV News reports. DiPasquale immediately rushed the puppy to the vet, fearing that the pills would kill her dog.
Upon arriving at the clinic, DiPasquale was confronted with the harsh reality that she didn’t have the funds required to pay for the medical procedure that would save the dog's life.
In a recent statement, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association explained that the option of surrendering legal ownership of a pet is only offered when all other possibilities have been explored and deemed impossible.
After signing the papers which she believed were save Shiloh’s life, a technician then informed DiPasquale the unfortunate truth that she was no longer the dog’s legal owner. “She comes out with these papers. I’m starting to sign them. I said, ‘I can’t see,’ I had tears in my eyes, so she’s helping me.” DiPasquale told CTV.
A similar situation unfolded last year in Thornhill when a family signed over its golden doodle after being confronted with an $8000 medical bill. However, after several conversations with the veterinary they were able to secure a deal and have their pet returned to them.
It is uncertain at this time if DiPasquale will be able to achieve a similar deal.
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