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Rabid puppies leave Cleveland Co. neighbors owing thousands of dollars in medical bills

Posted by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 1:02 PM
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Rabid puppies leave Cleveland Co. neighbors owing thousands of dollars in medical bills

Posted: Apr 03, 2014 6:04 PM EST Updated: Apr 03, 2014 9:54 PM EST
LAWNDALE, NC (WBTV) -

Imagine two stray puppies wondering around your home and being a Good Samaritan, you take them in.

That's the case in one Cleveland County neighborhood and that decision has proven costly.

"I just about collapsed when I saw the first statement for me," said resident Michelle Wray.

Wray and Mel West are just two of 18 people who came in contact with a rabid puppy.

Wray says last month someone abandoned two pups along Elam Road in Lawndale.

Wray decided to adopt one of the puppies for her children, but notice something was wrong days later.

She took the sick pup to the vet and after several health tests came back negative, doctors said the only thing left is that the dog had rabies.

The puppy was put down and sent off for testing.

When test results came back, they were positive.

"This is what happens when you try to be the good Samaritan and people drop animals off and cause these kinds of issues," said West.

As a precaution, the 18 neighbors got rabies vaccinations and a surprise when the bill came.

"I knew the shots were supposed to be expensive, but not an obscene amount. This is crazy," said West.

Wray's shots alone totaled over $26,000 and when you add in her two kids, the amount is over $49,000.

West's bill came up to $156,000.

They say what makes it even worse, is this is just the bills for their first round of treatments.

They haven't received their bills for the other three rounds of vaccines they were required to have.

Rabies vaccines can range in the thousands of dollars depending on the hospital and the body size of the person.

These neighbors now have a message for pet owners who no longer want to take care of their animals.

"If you don't want your animal, take it to the animal shelter instead of just dropping it off and putting it on someone else because these people have been exposed to rabies and don't even know it," said Wray.

A hard lesson learned, these neighbors say from now on they're calling animal control to handle strays.

Wray and West say they will explore different payment options.

Only one of the two puppies was tested for rabies, the other ran away.

Cleveland County Health officials say if you came in contact with either one of the puppies you should contact you healthcare provider for a rabies risk assessment.

Copyright 2014 WBTV. All rights reserved.

Link to video

http://www.fox8live.com/story/25158263/stray-puppies-leave-cleveland-co-neighbors-owing-thousands-of-dollars-in-medical-bills

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Whoa!

I had to have a round of rabies shots some years back.   Granted, the insurance picked it up but the total cost was nothing close to the amount charged this woman, for herself.

Her heart was in the right place.  I learned never to bring a stray in to your home, no matter how cute, dog or cat.  Call animal control, let them do their job and also let them know you want to adopt the animal.  I've done that more times than otherwise.  It has always worked out.

Poor puppies.  Whomever left them are despicable human beings.

Ziva65
by Gold Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

wow- that's sad. Makes sense though. I'd always have a vet check out a dog before adopting a stray- seems like bad judgement to me...I do however hate the idea of calling animal control, but better safe than sorry :(

Now, I'm also wondering who is responsible for the rabies vaccines/ costs for the other 18 people exposed? Perhaps the woman who adopted the stray? Sad, but I do think she's responsible if she at that point "adopted" the dog and allowed them to have contact.

She should have immediately had the dog examined by a vet...

I've "fostered" dogs in need of homes, but I got them FROM the vets office, not off the street...

Ziva65
by Gold Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I agree -

I also wonder if the rabies shots could have been obtained for a lesser cost through the public health department? IDK. That's expensive, good yours was covered under insurance!

As an NP one day I was working in the clinic and a woman (about 80 years old) brought a bat in a cakebox. She wasn't wearing her glasses, and thought it was a sock on the floor, well- it wasn't. She got bit and then caught it. She was hoping we could test it to see if she needed the vaccine :( No, we couldn't- she needed to take the bat to animal control but we gave her vaccines though, sorry you had to go through that too-

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Whoa!

I had to have a round of rabies shots some years back.   Granted, the insurance picked it up but the total cost was nothing close to the amount charged this woman, for herself.

Her heart was in the right place.  I learned never to bring a stray in to your home, no matter how cute, dog or cat.  Call animal control, let them do their job and also let them know you want to adopt the animal.  I've done that more times than otherwise.  It has always worked out.

Poor puppies.  Whomever left them are despicable human beings.

 

nelopyma
by Bronze Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Something's off with that story.  Google says the entire series of shots can be $7,000-$12,000. 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM


Quoting Ziva65:

I agree -

I also wonder if the rabies shots could have been obtained for a lesser cost through the public health department? IDK. That's expensive, good yours was covered under insurance!

As an NP one day I was working in the clinic and a woman (about 80 years old) brought a bat in a cakebox. She wasn't wearing her glasses, and thought it was a sock on the floor, well- it wasn't. She got bit and then caught it. She was hoping we could test it to see if she needed the vaccine :( No, we couldn't- she needed to take the bat to animal control but we gave her vaccines though, sorry you had to go through that too-

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Whoa!

I had to have a round of rabies shots some years back.   Granted, the insurance picked it up but the total cost was nothing close to the amount charged this woman, for herself.

Her heart was in the right place.  I learned never to bring a stray in to your home, no matter how cute, dog or cat.  Call animal control, let them do their job and also let them know you want to adopt the animal.  I've done that more times than otherwise.  It has always worked out.

Poor puppies.  Whomever left them are despicable human beings.


I needed the shots due to being bitten by a damn rat.

I went under our home, on base, years ago, to rescue our two kittens who had found a hole between the dishwasher and the counter.

It was so not fun.  I was also bit by a damn brown recluse.

Not a day I care to remember but can't forget. lol

The kittens were fine, however. :)

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM


Quoting nelopyma:

Something's off with that story.  Google says the entire series of shots can be $7,000-$12,000. 

Ahhhhhh

Yeah, that amount seemed way off the charts to me.  Does not make sense.

Ziva65
by Gold Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

oh my gosh!!! All in one day???

that's awful! Any ill effects from the brown recluse? I have a friend who had a terrible reaction, another who had the tissue at the site become necrotic and suffered for years trying to get that healed/

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Ziva65:

I agree -

I also wonder if the rabies shots could have been obtained for a lesser cost through the public health department? IDK. That's expensive, good yours was covered under insurance!

As an NP one day I was working in the clinic and a woman (about 80 years old) brought a bat in a cakebox. She wasn't wearing her glasses, and thought it was a sock on the floor, well- it wasn't. She got bit and then caught it. She was hoping we could test it to see if she needed the vaccine :( No, we couldn't- she needed to take the bat to animal control but we gave her vaccines though, sorry you had to go through that too-

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Whoa!

I had to have a round of rabies shots some years back.   Granted, the insurance picked it up but the total cost was nothing close to the amount charged this woman, for herself.

Her heart was in the right place.  I learned never to bring a stray in to your home, no matter how cute, dog or cat.  Call animal control, let them do their job and also let them know you want to adopt the animal.  I've done that more times than otherwise.  It has always worked out.

Poor puppies.  Whomever left them are despicable human beings.

 

I needed the shots due to being bitten by a damn rat.

I went under our home, on base, years ago, to rescue our two kittens who had found a hole between the dishwasher and the counter.

It was so not fun.  I was also bit by a damn brown recluse.

Not a day I care to remember but can't forget. lol

The kittens were fine, however. :)

 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM


Quoting Ziva65:

oh my gosh!!! All in one day???

that's awful! Any ill effects from the brown recluse? I have a friend who had a terrible reaction, another who had the tissue at the site become necrotic and suffered for years trying to get that healed/

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting Ziva65:

I agree -

I also wonder if the rabies shots could have been obtained for a lesser cost through the public health department? IDK. That's expensive, good yours was covered under insurance!

As an NP one day I was working in the clinic and a woman (about 80 years old) brought a bat in a cakebox. She wasn't wearing her glasses, and thought it was a sock on the floor, well- it wasn't. She got bit and then caught it. She was hoping we could test it to see if she needed the vaccine :( No, we couldn't- she needed to take the bat to animal control but we gave her vaccines though, sorry you had to go through that too-

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Whoa!

I had to have a round of rabies shots some years back.   Granted, the insurance picked it up but the total cost was nothing close to the amount charged this woman, for herself.

Her heart was in the right place.  I learned never to bring a stray in to your home, no matter how cute, dog or cat.  Call animal control, let them do their job and also let them know you want to adopt the animal.  I've done that more times than otherwise.  It has always worked out.

Poor puppies.  Whomever left them are despicable human beings.


I needed the shots due to being bitten by a damn rat.

I went under our home, on base, years ago, to rescue our two kittens who had found a hole between the dishwasher and the counter.

It was so not fun.  I was also bit by a damn brown recluse.

Not a day I care to remember but can't forget. lol

The kittens were fine, however. :)


They removed a small 'chunk' of the area.  I have had issues with the tissue in that area but nothing too serious.  Thank goodness.

Damn thing, I still have nightmares. lol

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Apr. 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM
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For-profit medicine, at your service.
angelenia
by Bronze Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM
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