Dog Thief by Irene S. at InsiderPages
I had a female Beagle/Pekineses mix who is 15 yrs. old. A few days ago Cookie, my dog, was yelping and crying out in pain, I had no idea what was wrong with her, or what I should do to help relieve her pain. My mother told me to call the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge and ask them what I should do, so I did.
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A woman answered the phone and I told her about my dog, explaining that she had been showing signs of weakness, pain and that she was hardly able to walk. The woman then asked me how old Cookie was, I answered 15, maybe 16 years old, she told me that because of the dogs age that it would be in Cookies best interest to be put down. The woman explained that a dog that age was probably going to die soon anyhow, and spending any kind of money on her would be a waist. She then proceeded to give me the hours that the shelter would be open that night and the price to have Cookie euthanized. I took Cookie in, paid the fee of $69.50 to have her put down, and said my goodbyes. About 1 hour later I received a phone call from a woman who called herself Dr. Judy, a vet from the shelter. She said she had examined Cookie and there was absolutely nothing wrong with her, and she wanted to know why we wanted to euthanize her. I again explained what Cookie had been going through in the past few days. Dr. Judy then said, Well, there's a woman here who has fallen in love with Cookie, and since there is nothing wrong with her she was wondering if she could have her.
I was shocked! I of course told Dr. Judy that I wanted Cookie back, she has been my dog since she was 3 weeks old, and if nothing was wrong with my dog then I was coming to pick her up...I didn't even think about asking for the money that I had spent to have her euthanized, I figured that it could be used as a donation...Well, to my surprise Dr. Judy said, I'm sorry but you have already signed a paper that stat