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Dog quilled by porcupine, then abandonedSubmitted: 08/26/2013
Story By Lex Gray


RHINELANDER - Most pet owners probably can't imagine abandoning an animal. But what if giving up your pet seems to be the only option?

Removing all of the quills on this lab mix cost about $200. That's probably why her owner left her at the front door of the Oneida County Humane Society.

A volunteer found her there about two weeks ago, with quills stuck on her face, paws, and down her throat.

"We took her directly to the vet, and she had immediate surgery to remove them," said director Bria Swartout. "We were told by a couple of the vet centers that they did receive a call about 45 minutes after she showed up at our door of a family inquiring how much it would cost to remove porcupine quills, and they stated they could not afford that."

This dog did get the care she needed, and donations covered some of it.

But abandoning your pet and relying on the humane society aren't the only options.

"We understand that it's hard when you have unexpected vet bills, but always ask your vet if there's other payment options, if they're willing to work with you," Swartout said. "There's Care Credit out there, it's an opportunity to get a credit card for vet bills and other medical issues. There's different opportunities out there, asking family, friends to help you with these things. It's always unfortunate when a family has to lose a pet because they can't afford to do any cares on them."

The lab mix is up for adoption. Swartout guesses she's about a year old, but that's all she knows about her, since she was abandoned.

If you're interested in adopting her, call the Oneida County Humane Society at 715-362-5992.

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