This story brings up a lot of questions. What would you do if this happened to you?
Lisa Gossett’s one-year-old Chihuahua Lola was viciously attacked by another dog four months ago.
The veterinarian told her the outlook was grim and gave Gossett two choices.
“Pay out all this money and there’s a 20% chance that she’ll live or euthanize her, so it was hard,” said Gossett.
Gossett says she didn’t want Lola to suffer so she signed on the dotted line and said a painful goodbye.
It hit her 5-year-old daughter Bianca hard, she said.
“When she prays she says I want to see Lola again – I want to see Lola again,” said Gossett.
The family had moved on until this week, when Gossett got a phone call.
It was the company that programs the ID microchips that go into pets.
The caller said a woman was requesting to switch Lola’s chip over to a new owner.
“And I said ‘oh no, you’re mistaken Lola is not alive we had her put down she was in an accident’ and they said ‘no ma’am in fact she is alive and there’s a request for ownership for her,’” said Gossett.
Gossett immediately called the vet demanding answers.
It boils down to a document the owner signed when she gave the vet the go-ahead to euthanize the dog.
What she didn’t know, and what wasn’t explained to her, was she was surrendering all ownership rights to the veterinarian.
A worker at the vet’s office chose to turn Lola over to the foundation “Second Chance” which rehabilitates dogs.
They assigned Lola to a foster home for her recovery.
After finding out about the miscommunication, Second Chance put Gossett in touch with Lola’s new owner, Leslie Mason.
“When I was asked to take it I didn’t believe it had an owner and it was just in bad shape and needed to be nursed back to health,” said Mason.
Mason says she recently lost a dog to disease.
She says the only thing that got her through it was nursing Lola back to health – who she named Tinker.
“I want to say take her but then I want to say no, I want her – it’s just, it’s hard,” said Mason.
In an act of complete kindness, Gossett and her daughter decided to let Lola stay at her new home.
“I’m grateful that she’s in a place that she’s so happy, I’m grateful just to be able to see her again,” said Gossett.
Even though there was a happy ending, Gossett still has questions for the vet.
She says it was never explained to her that the vet could choose to keep the dog alive.
Clinic administrator Lynda Stevens says the worker who removed the dog violated policy and has been fired.