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Harrisburg dog owner says vet refused to treat pet

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A Harrisburg family says an animal clinic refused to treat their puppy after it was hit by a car last week.

They say six-month-old Blue was hit by a car on Friday morning when she dashed out onto Regina Street.

Dana Martin, the owner of the dog, said a lady drove around the corner and must not have seen Blue. Martin says the driver hit Blue and kept going.

Martin's husband, James Russell, said he saw Blue collapse on the ground. Martin then ran over and said she saw blood was everywhere.

"So, I'm screaming and hollering because the lady kept going," she said. 

Martin says Harrisburg's Animal Control helped out and transported Blue to Capitol Area Animal Medical Center on Progress Avenue.

Dara said the sign out front says "Welcome Furry Friends," but that wasn't the case for them.

"The animal hospital wouldn't look at her [Blue]," Martin said. "[The vet] wouldn't even go over to the unit to see or do anything, all she kept saying was 'You don't have the money to pay for her.'"

"[Vets are] supposed to give help to a dog and you're not even doing it because we don't have the money, you don't know us," Russell said.

Russell said the vet refused to listen to them when they told her they had the money to cover Blue's treatment.

On Monday, the owner of Capitol Area Animal Medical Center told abc27 that she had no comment about the situation.

Martin said after they were refused treatment at Capitol Area Animal Medical Center, animal control took Blue to Harrisburg Area Animal Hospital on Derry Street, which was several miles away.

Dana Walck, the vet who ultimately treated Blue, said she was bleeding into her chest.

"By the time she had gotten here, she was actually dying," Walck said.

"I had to sit there and hold my dog while they put her to sleep," Martin said, "and she was only six months."

Walck says it makes her sad that all vets don't follow their moral and ethical obligations.

"We are obligated to, in certain situations where an emergency has happened, to take care of those pets to either stabilize them until an owner can be found or, if it is necessary, to humanely euthanize them," Walck said.

A good Samaritan saw Blue's condition and paid for the cremation.

Martin and Russell say they plan to file a complaint against Capitol Area Animal Clinic. Vets are licensed through the Pennsylvania Department of State.

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