Candy, a Maltese, is alive and well despite her family leaving her with a veterinarian to be euthanized eight months ago.
The Florida family made the decision to put Candy down because she had painful tumors growing in her ears and they could not afford medical treatments.
Angela Oaks wasn’t sure if the decision to euthanize Candy was the right thing to do, but she didn’t know how to pay for the dog’s surgery. She signed the papers to have her dog euthanized and said goodbye to her beloved dog.
But eight months later, Oaks received a call from the veterinarian that was supposed to have put Candy down. Dr. Peggy Stubblefield said that Candy was never euthanized and was alive. Oaks said that Stubblefield did not really offer a reason to why Candy was still alive despite Oak’s request for the dog to be put down.
“I can say when I see a dog that is vivacious, happy, wriggling, coming up to everybody in the room, my first impulse is to keep it alive as long as possible,” Stubblefield said.
She added that she tried to contact the family to figure out a treatment plan for Candy.
A local news team found out that a fill-in veterinarian took pity on Candy and performed the surgery to fix her ears and rescued her from her the animal hospital.
Stubblefield then called Oaks and told her that Candy was alive but she had been stolen by another veterinarian.
But a letter from Stubblefield’s attorney was sent to the veterinarian that performed the surgery saying that Stubblefield was Candy’s actual owner and she wanted to perform surgery on her and study her recovery.
The vet who performed the surgery reunited Candy with Oaks eight months after Oaks signed the paperwork to have her dog euthanized.
Oaks has not yet filed a complaint against Stubblefield.
If a veterinarian accepts payment for any service, including euthanasia, he/she is legally bound to abide by the owner’s wishes. If the vet fails to do, he/she could be charged with fraud and have his/her license revoked.
Source: Local 6