Last week, we brought you the story of Josh Gomez and his dog, Pilot. Gomez had an unpaid bill at his veterinarian’s office and his dog was being “held hostage” at the animal hospital until he paid the remaining portion of his bill. The veterinarian had initially told Gomez that on Tuesday, he was going to bring Pilot to the animal shelter and he could possibly be euthanized if he didn’t settle the bill.
Fortunately, Pilot did not go to the animal shelter and in fact, on Tuesday night, he was returned to his owner and is now back home. A good Samaritan stepped in to help Gomez and pay the remaining portion of his bill.
Carol Diamantis heard Gomez and Pilot’s story on the news and wanted to help. She paid $972 in cash to settle Gomez’s vet bill and free Pilot.
“If I was in that position, I would hope somebody would help me out,” said Diamantis.
Pilot had been staying at the clinic since August 26. Gomez took his dog to the clinic, and the vet diagnosed the dog with Parvovirus.
Diamantis, Gomez and his attorney, Ed McCrimmon, paid a surprise visit to PetFIRST Animal Hospital, where Pilot was being held, late Tuesday, which was the deadline that Gomez’s veterinarian, Garry Innocent, set for Gomez to pay his bill.
During the exchange, Innocent demanded that Pilot’s bill be paid in cash. Gomez’s lawyer said the dog should be released before any cash was exchanged.
Gomez’s attorney even called the local police to make sure the exchange would go smoothly. The officer was a bit confused over why he was there. Innocent complained about the lawyer’s “publicity stunt.”
A vet technician then handed over Pilot to Gomez. The dog jumped into Gomez’s arms, and Gomez said he is just glad that the whole situation is over.
Innocent said he is happy and all is well. He stated the cash that Diamantis gave to Innocent settled the bill once and for all.