LETTER- Zoie's recovering better than our wallet
As the proud owner of Zoie [News, May 6: "Chomped dog: Coyote blamed in pet mauling"], I can tell you that my husband did not bite her. I have seen numerous coyotes in our area as have our neighbors. No mention tho of any help in getting rid of them.
The night of the accident we called one emergency clinic and were told for $1,000 they would unlock the door for us. They took Zoie in, kept her for the night and did surgery to close the wound on Sunday morning, another $200 and out the door we went.
On Monday, we took her to yet another vet, as the stitches were not holding, so all that could be offered was wound care. That was another $500 that week.
With the wound still wide open, I contacted a third vet who charged us $234, and the stitches have lasted a little over a week.
Every day Zoie gets a little stronger. Her leg is in a cast, she wears the E-collar around her neck, and hobbles on three legs, not totally understanding why she is not able to chase motorcycles passing by.
The vets have you over a barrel. You pay for services and get a feeling of being judged on how much you like your pet. I say to all pet owners be aware– coyotes are everywhere in Albemarle and surrounding counties. Thank goodness for our tax refund check.