Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Newsbits Pete the Dachund

Today's Newsbit is somewhat of a local story. A friend of mine wrote the article, which has been picked up by the AP. It's definitely a very interesting story about a little dog who's owners abandoned him at the vet. They have not answered any phone calls and so the veterinary's office has to take action. I am posting the first part of the story, hopefully something will come out of the auction today. Please click the title to read the rest of the article, including why the vet chose auction.

Unpaid bill sends dachshund to auction

By Melissa Davlin - Times-News writer | Posted: Sunday, February 28, 2010 1:45 am

On March 2, Pete the dachshund is heading for the auction block.

The petite pup is being sold to satisfy unpaid charges for his medical treatment at RupertAnimal Clinic after his owners didn’t pick him up and didn’t return calls from the clinic. Although selling dogs at auction isn’t common, it’s not the first time the veterinary office has resorted to legal measures to take care of abandoned animals.

Pete’s reputed owners, Lynne and Lloyd Gale, dropped off the dog after he was hit by a car in January. Employees at the animal clinic fixed him up, then repeatedly tried to contact the Gales to retrieve him.

But no one ever returned their multiple calls, they said. So the vet clinic contacted its lawyer and set up the doggy auction.