Growing up, I have always longed for a pet. Despite mine and my sister’s consistent begging, that wish never came to fruition. It was either because of a lack of discipline (whether it was us or the pet is still to be determined) or a lack of financial stability.
However, a father from Liverpool had to watch his daughter’s dog die because the vets turned him away.
Podge Sweeney took his daughter’s dying puppy to the vet one day but they denied the puppy treatment because he didn’t have enough money at the time.
Podge posted a picture of the dead puppy in his arms outside of the pet hospital on his Facebook page.
It came with a scathing report on how he and his puppy were treated. The father of one took the dying puppy to the PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) in the Page Moss district.
According to his Facebook post, he said that the vets there told him he needed at least 80 pounds ($104) to just look at the pup or 119 pounds ($154) to treat the dog.
Podge said that he only had 35 pounds on him at the time and didn’t bring his bank card with him because he was in a rush to get the puppy to a hospital.
He promised the vets he would come back with the remainder of the money but the clinic decided to turn him away.
In his Facebook post, he continued on by saying that the ‘puppy died right outside there in my arms’ and that despite his constant buzzing on their buzzer the vets still decided to neglect the puppy.
He ended the post by warning people not to visit the PDSA and that if you don’t have the money then they will let your pet die. He concluded with ‘so heartbroken right now.’
Most of the thousands of comments on his Facebook post were positive and supportive of Podge but also dismissive of the hospital.
The post has since been shared over twenty thousand times but not all the comments have been pleasant.
Some lambasted Podge by saying that if you don’t have the money to afford or take care of a pet then he shouldn’t have gotten a pet.
According to Mirror Online, a spokesperson from the PDSA said that ‘as far as we are currently able to tell, the correct processes for all those who contacted us over the weekend were followed.’
‘However, if something has gone wrong, we want to know. In order that we can complete our investigation fully and gather all of the facts, we are trying to make contact with the owner for more information.’