Rant Alert: Mad As Hell For What Happened To A Dear Friend Of Mine Here

@pyewacket (43962)
United States
July 30, 2009 6:49pm CST
Okay I got to get this off my chest and be blunt here. Just now I got news of a dear friend of mine here at MyLot who has suffered the loss of her dear cat, Lottie. If some of you know whom I talking about, this MyLotter's dear sweet cat had kittens, and the irony of it all, is that her cat shouldn't have had kittens in the first place, since when Lottie came of age, this friend did the dutiful and responsible thing of taking her cat to the vet to be spayed so as NOT to have kittens. The vet TOOK HER MONEY and she was under the impression that he did indeed spay her. Well guess what? HE DIDN'T--To her surprise to put it mildly, Lottie became pregnant when she thought she had been fixed. Her dear sweet cat suffered horrible pain giving birth to the kittens, and her health was never the same after the birth of the kittens and became weaker and weaker...she developed all kinds of infections and mastitis even though my friend had taken her to the vet (don't know if the same azzhole) to get anti-biotics but apparently didn't help her cat. She had the vet take her cat just today for more medical attention but the sad fact and the result was Lottie passed away not long ago. I hope my friend here doesn't mind my starting this discussion...but I'm starting it for two reasons. One I feel the grief and pain my friend is feeling. Anyone who knows me, knows what an animal lover I am. I too have had my share of deep grief whenever one of my "babies" passes into Rainbow Bridge...However, I'm also mad as hell...so frucking mad as hell to hear this. NONE of this would have happened if the vet did his job and spayed her cat as he was supposed to...for crying out loud HE TOOK HER MONEY for the operation, and yet didn't spay her cat--If this had happened to me, I'd sue the crap out of that vet. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm not a big fan of the medical profession to begin with...but I'm usually talking about my gripes with doctors for humans, not pets...so like what? We're not to trust those in the veterinarian profession either? Many many years ago, (over thirty) I had to put down one of my cats at an animal hospital due to the negligence of the vet my family had trusted for years and yes, my cat, Friskey was in horrible pain--back then one never thought of suing a vet...I do hope my friend sues the shat of that negligent vet!!! Have any of you had horror stories of a vet you trusted that resulted in the passing of a furbaby due to negligence--did you sue? Like I said I hope my friend doesn't mind and forgives me for my starting this discussion but I'm so upset to hear what she has gone through
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Oh, this is so very sad. I am so sorry to hear that Lottie passed. I was praying that she would recover. Very depressing to hear this. Take small comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering. I would get the kittens back, if I were your friend. My heart is in pain knowing this happened. Cats and kittens are more delicate than we think. Oh, I am so sad over this. :(
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
1 Aug 09
I hope she decides to take at least one of the kittens back--a part of Lottie would be in that kitty and live on
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
31 Jul 09
I remember that discussion. It's really sad to know the momma cat passed away. I was afraid that the vet had messed up with the cat's inside I really hoped another vet could cure the cat somehow. Now that I know this, I really hope she will really make this vet pay for what he/she has done. I have heard some horrors done by doctors, humans or animals. I just can't believe people can do this, and we trust them to give us medical treatment enough to pay them! I wish the cat owner will do something about this, seriously, maybe lawyer is too much but legal aid should be able to. Malpractice is a big issue, they can and should be shut down!
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 Jul 09
That's the real sad part...we trust doctors to help us or our pets...maybe we trust a bit too much at times???
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Poor Lottie to have suffered so, and because of her doctor's doings or not doing I should say. If it were a child there would be no question as to what to do.. I say "SUE the Bastardito for all he's worth" Veterinarians are subject to malpractice suits just as human physicians are. Here is a link to help your friend know what to do next. http://judymyers.tripod.com/tfaq.html I sure hope it helps. I know that only time and understanding can heal the heart but poor Lottie deserves justice. My condolences to your friend, Mari
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I wonder if they have the equivalent of that website in England since that is where my friend is from--I'll pass this info to her though...might give her some ideas
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Nothing will bring the Lotty back, but you are right....I feel so sorry for Tatty... I would search for solution right there directly with vet. I am not sure if I would sue him. I would rather make an agreement for such and such money pay for me, so I can take care for my pets somewhere else for the rest of my pets life.... In the other hand I am not sure if I would like him to practice and screw more people...maybe you are right.....maybe more actions needed....
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• United States
31 Jul 09
I,m sorry about the loss she has suffered. It is a sorrow that no one should have to endure under such despicable circumstances. I hope she can find a way to prevent this monster from inflicting anymore pain. Tatty my sincerest condolences.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
1 Aug 09
She is planning to take legal action against the vet that supposedly spayed Lottie and didn't...the second vet was appalled at what had happened and is even going to help my friend out with the legal suit--the first vet may have done this to other pet owners and may do so again
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Aug 09
I am happy that she is going for have some help....I would be very mad too if it happen to my pets....
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@celticeagle (113100)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Jul 09
My goodness I don't blame you for being upset. This is deblorable. And now that the cat is gone your friend can't really prove the whole thing even if she wanted to. He certainly did take her money. I have never had any horror stories like this. I think that the vets are really out for the money. I had a kitten that I took to the vet and they acted like I was a vagrant or something. I didn't have the money right then and I don't use credit cards so they weren't going to help me. To heck with the poor animal! It was amazing.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
1 Aug 09
Actually she does have vet records as evidence and she is going to sue the vet...this was the regular vet not the emergency one that took care of her later and even he was appalled at what happened That was terrible of your vet...yes, it seems way too many are just in the "business" for money
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@celticeagle (113100)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Aug 09
Good and glad to hear it. Hope everything goes well for her. People are so mean. How can they be that way to people and their animals? Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
1 Aug 09
[b]I don't think MOST vets are quacks, though I did meet at least one. Never returned. SHOULD have reported him, but I was young & brainless then.... Now, I triple check vets, & I know where all the best are in Austin, Texas. My favorite is Hyde Park Vets, & they're so good they have a waiting list of years to see new clients. Fortunately Elic (my bff & fellow MyBottress here ) & I became clients shortly before that became the case. The man (David) who's head of it has "animal magic." I swear. He intuits what's wrong, & most of the time he can fix it. Animals largely seem subdued around him, as well. The only reason we ever use other vets is because one is geared to help elderly animals, & another does a dirt cheap neutering clinic. All of them have special love & a report with our animals! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@jerzgirl (7761)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
31 Jul 09
I didn't know that Lottie was supposed to have been spayed - that makes it even more horrible!!! That poor kittie and poor human mama!! I do think he's responsible, definitely. He took money for a job he never did or did so poorly it didn't work. Makes you wonder just what he DID remove!!
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
1 Aug 09
Yes it does make you wonder what kind of "operation" he did on her--she's taking legal action against the vet
@jerzgirl (7761)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
1 Aug 09
Yes, and with the support of her current vets, too. Good for her!! That quack needs to be dealt with.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
1 Aug 09
pyewacket said: Yes it does make you wonder what kind of "operation" he did on her...(snip) [b]From the looks of it, he did a walletectomy operation on her.... Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@BarBaraPrz (16863)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
31 Jul 09
Poor Lottie. Poor Lottie's momma. I've lost a few furbabies too, but never because of the negligence of a vet. If that happened to me, I certainly would want an explanation. I don't know if I'd sue, but I might write to my local paper about it.
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@BarBaraPrz (16863)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
31 Jul 09
Oh, and Pye, take a deep breath... I can feel your blood pressure rising from here.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I actually did lose a furbaby due to negligence of a vet...a well-known trusted vet of the neighborhood...years later I was to hear of other "horror" stories about him Don't worry I'm breathing....
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31 Jul 09
Hi pye, yes I think this vet should be sued, I have told our mutual friend this when it first happened, but oh pye I am heart broken too, I spoke her yesterday because she was down but this thing happeded with lottie , its unbearable, I know Lottie is not suffering now as she has gone to RainBridge, but its so hard for our friend here, thanks for the RANT, its needs to be said. Bright Blessings. Tamara
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I'm just betting that vet has done this kind of thing to other pet owners and yes I do hope she sues him--I really feel bad for her. My Pyewacket looks so much like Lottie...when I heard the news I went right up to him and gave him an extra hug
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31 Jul 09
Hi pye, My Tom is asleep in the bedroom but my Baby is beside me asleep, and yes I've done the same thing, I went and cuddled her, that is strange. Bright Blessings. Tamara
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@CRIVAS (1822)
• Canada
31 Jul 09
I just heard about this too, I don't really know her, but I did feel very sorry about what she is going through. I myself have lost a cat recently so I know what it feels like. I did not however know all the facts until I read your discussion and I think it is horrible. This is something that no pet owner should ever have to face. First off I would be asking for my money back, secondly I would sue the vet. I think that you are completely right. If this vet had done his job right, none of this would have happened in the first place. I know that getting the money from them won't make the cat come back to life, but it is what the vet deserves. I also think that your friend should seek some legal advice, if she can't afford one, there are always options, most lawyers don't collect unless you win the case. I definately think that something needs to be done to bring this vet to justic, what is to stop him from doing this again to some other pet owner. I really think that you should talk to your friend about it. I wish her like and hope you both will keep me posted. I am a big animal lover and I hate hearing about things like this. The pet that I lost was killed because the vet gave him a shot that he had never had before. We were offered an autopsy, but my mother was a reck and refused to have the cat cut up to confirm it. I guess I can understand that but in the case of your friend's cat, she will have the spay on record with the vet, that is hard evidence that she needs to use. Good luck
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
1 Aug 09
Well the good news...if you want to consider it as good news, is that yes my friend is going to take legal action against this vet...and you're right we have no idea how many other pet owners went through something similar and might do it again--hope he is stripped of his license and never practices again
@kprofgames (3025)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I"m so sorry for your friend, but more for the suffering of poor Lottie. It was completely unneccessary and this poor creature suffered because someone didn't do their job. I don't know that i would sue, but I would turn them in to the state for malpractice. This was completely out of line and unexcusable. No, I haven't been through this, but know others that have vet horror stories. My furry friends have a wonderful doctor. I call him that because he treats them like they are human.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
1 Aug 09
She actually is going to sue the vet, it won't bring Lottie back, but how do we know this vet didn't do the same with other pets and won't again?
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet babies. As you know I love all babies and they are our life when they are our babies. I do not condone what this jerk did and losing Lottie was a sad thing that never should have happened. This is why she is so sad and so hurt that her family never even called her on her birthday. I'm so sorry that this has happened. I really must send her something. I've been trying to find her some cat figurines as she collects them. She likes and wants the really nice ones. ones that are also different. Oh my I keep messing up because I'm crying my eyes out. Thank you for posting this for our dear friend.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Definitely not a very happy birthday for our mutual friend...I really do hope she takes legal action against the vet that caused this to her Lottie
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• United States
31 Jul 09
Me too, and I suggested to her to take him for what he is worth that he was in the wrong on more than one level.
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@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
30 Jul 09
I am too, I am heartbroken that this little cat, barely a kitten herself as passed and I swear that the vet should be refunding ALL her money and not charging her for helping save Lottie's kittens so they don't suffer the same fate.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 Jul 09
From what I understand, the vet that was taking care of Lottie lately was a different vet from the azzhole that originally caused all the problems--just heard from my friend too...she is planning legal action against that vet
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@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I'm glad to hear that - I did know that the emergency vet wasn't the same vet - and the babies now have a surrogate mother. I've got news coming, but I'm waiting until it arrives...
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@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
31 Jul 09
pyewacket, This is just atrocious to learn that we have negligent professionals in the midst of our community and especially in needful areas. I feel that these questionable vets will exist and continue to run away with murder (sorry for the insensitive words here) if the authorities does not do random checks and audits on them. It is seldom or rare for these errant practitioners to be discovered and brought to task as the potential plaintiffs just find it tedious to file the case. I mean if you look at tatty's case, how is she going to build her case against that errant vet? The task is just mammoth (my belief) and I don't blame her. This is just another sad chapter where lives are lost due to gross negligence.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
1 Aug 09
Well tatty is going to take legal action against the vet that caused her Lottie's health problems
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Hi pyewacket, This is a sad story about your friend and her/his cat. No, I haven't heard of any other vet like the one you mentioned. That vet is heartless, and I pity his other clients and "patients" as they may suffer the same fate. Just a story about someone who really loves cats. One of the morning local news the other day was about an old lady who was living alone, and a fire broke out and burned almost her whole house. Lucky the old lady was rescued. While the firefighters were busy fighting the fire, the old lady cried so hard wanting to go back to her burning house because she said her babies are trapped in there and that they should be rescued too. It was too late though. Later it was found out that they were not actually babies but cats, about 50 stray cats that the old lady has fed and taken care of. She was in deep anguish, she said these were her most precious companions that were left to die in fire. In fairness to the firefighters they did their best, but it was too late. A sad story too.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I'm sure the firefighters were trying the best they could...and yes the loss of those cats must have been real hard for that woman..but, uh 50 cats? That's an awful lot
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@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Poor Lottie to suffer like she did at the hands of an incompetant vet.I do hope and pray she sues the jerk who did this to her beloved baby girl. (((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))to your friend and you, pye, for I know you were shedding tears while typing this.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Yes I was crying...not only for Lottie but it brought back memories of what happened to one of my beloved babies due to a negligent vet and that was years and years ago
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• United States
31 Jul 09
I am so sorry to hear much a sad story. It is heartbreaking to lose a pet.Surely she can do something about that vet not doing what he was paid for. Surely she could report it to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Better Business Bureau. I would! Thank goodness I have a vet that I trust implicitly.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I can't help wonder if this vet did the same kind of negligence to other pet owners...my friend is in England but I'm sure they have the equivalent the the American Veterinary Medical Association over there
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@elmiko (6640)
• United States
4 Aug 09
she should sue.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
5 Aug 09
She's going to.
@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
4 Aug 09
This is a horrible thing that happened to your friend. She should definately have the records from the vet suppeoned by an attorney to find out exactly what happened. There are always explainations. I know when people have tubaligations or Vascectomies, there is always a chance that it won't be successful.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
5 Aug 09
Well all I know is that my friend is taking legal action against the vet--he may have done something like this to other pet owners
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
1 Aug 09
[b]YEAH! What she said! To infinity! And beyond, dammit! !! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
5 Aug 09
My friend is taking legal action against that vet...good for her