A Midstate man is struggling to pay his veterinary bills after losing everything in a fire.
To make matters worse, one of his two dogs was killed. Another barely survived and now needs thousands of dollars in medical bills to ease his pain and suffering.
"You never think it'll happen to you, but it can happen to you real quick," said Doc Speelman, the fire victim. "I sort of blamed myself first. When I'm usually coming out they come along with me. They didn't respond and I was already out about four minutes when I realized they were already in there."
Cody is a seven-year-old Chihuahua mix. He was rescued two hours after fire broke out on Saturday at Speelman's Aspers home.
Cody is now at the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center. He is being treated for a massive burn. Additionally, his entire respiratory system is damaged.
So far, the medical bills total $3,500 and are climbing.
"I'm on Social Security and you don't get an awful lot on that. You get enough to survive," Speelman said. "I need help for him more than me."
"We'll do what we can. We just hope the community will help Mr. Speelman," said Sabrena Meyerhoff, CEO and owner of the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center.
Cody still has a lot of healing to do. Doctors said in a few months he can get back to his favorite hobby, chasing chickens.
"He wants to get better for his dad. I know he does. He's so gentle with all the treatments he has to go through and all the medications. He's a trooper," Meyerhoff said.
If you would like to help Cody, there is an ER fund set up at Members 1st Federal Credit Union under "Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center." Note "Cody" on all donations.
You can make a donation over the phone by calling the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center at (717) 796-2334.
You may also drop off donations at the hospital or mail them to:
4930 Ritter Rd Suite 101
Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:03:38 GMT
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