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Old 10-17-2010, 09:29 AM
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Donations accepted to care for dog that survived euthanization
Santiago Esparza / The Detroit News

Redford Township -- People wishing to help pay for the care of a dog who was euthanized last week only to revive the next day can send donations to a Dearborn Heights veterinarian's office.

Caputo Animal Hospital, 8188 North Telegraph is accepting the donations, said Matt Olivarez, whose dog Mia has attracted national attention.

"I don't want the money," said the 27-year-old Olivarez, who recently moved from a house in Redford Township to an apartment in Detroit. "This has never been about me. I just want to help my dog." Mia, an 11-year-old rottweiler, has a spinal problem that veterinarians are trying to diagnose, Olivarez said. Medication has been prescribed and if the dog makes it through the next few days, she may not have to be put to sleep, he said.

"It is just amazing," Olivarez said.

Mia cannot get around right now and Olivarez is feeding her by hand. But the dog seems to be responding to her medication and no longer whimpers as if in pain, he said.

'The medication is kicking in," he said.

Olivarez took Mia to Westcott Veterinary Care Center in Detroit last Saturday to be euthanized because his beloved pooch was in severe pain. He took the dog home with the idea of burying her in his yard.

But when he went to bury her on Sunday, the dog was not where he had laid her in his garage. She was near her food bowl and looking as if she had wondered where he had been, Olivarez said.

"It was scary," said Olivarez, a horror movie buff. " He initially said he couldn't euthanize her a second time, but now says that he doesn't want Mia to be in pain. If the new vets say she needs to be put to sleep, he won't fight it.

"I have been surprised at the attention," he said of people from across the country who have offered to donate money or to adopt Mia. "I didn't know there were so many dog lovers out there." Olivarez' mother Brenda Shead said people can donate $1 each to help with care, which could include surgery.

Westcott officials were not available for comment. The center declined comment earlier this week.

Caputo Animal Hospital was closed today. For information about donating, call (313) 564-1058


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Old 10-17-2010, 09:31 AM
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Ummm........me thinks a vet better be on the hot seat with the AVMA board. How on earth do you do such a thing? Wow.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:17 PM
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:57 PM
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Wow, I couldnt imagine having my dog PTS and then they come back alive! Makes me think of Pet Cemetary!
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That is slightly disturbing...
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:11 PM
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Holy cow, I'm really glad he didn't bury her right away. It would have been horrifying for her to wake up underground, and nobody would have known. I'd be super pissed if it was my dog.
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*scratches head*

Uh...

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Mmmm...

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Holy cow, I'm really glad he didn't bury her right away. It would have been horrifying for her to wake up underground, and nobody would have known. I'd be super pissed if it was my dog.
I second that..... Such a heartbreaking thing to go through in the first place... I can't imagine...
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It's just plain creepy. I mean, how many euthanized animals are kept laying around for a day or so afterward to give them a chance to wake up if they survive? Ugh. I hate to think the survival rate might be higher than we think.
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I read the title for this post and had to read it again because I was thinking "there's no way I read that right." It really does make you wonder how often that actually happens, but no one knows.
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