A Wanganui teenager, who can't afford a $2500 vet bill, says
he will go to jail rather than give up his injured dog.
Bronson Stewart, 18, has kidnapped Buck, a five-month-old
pup, who was hit by a speeding car two weeks ago from the vet
clinic where he was taken with a seriously broken back leg.
The Wanganui Chronicle reported that Bronson Stewart said the
vet had told him and his father Kevin that Buck's leg could
be saved by having it pinned back together at a cost of
$2500, or the leg could be amputated for $800.
But the two beneficiaries are not able to come up with that
sort of money.
The best they could do was offer the vet $5 a week, which was
declined. The vet also refused to return the pup because the
little dog was in pain, Bronson said.
He said that when the vet realised the Stewarts could not pay
he told them Buck would be put down yesterday.
But Bronson was not giving up so easily.
"I just knew I had to get my dog back. He's like my brother.
I need to have him. They can't just kill him because I
haven't got any money," Bronson said.
While his father sat vigil every morning out on the roadside
with placards asking for the public's help, Bronson went to
the veterinary clinic last Friday and asked if he could see
Buck for a little while.
"They were really nice and let me go out to the cages to see
him. So I opened his cage, pulled Buck out, and ran as fast
as I could out of the vets and down the road. I think one of
them chased me for a while, and I carried Buck home."
Yesterday an SPCA inspector arrived on the doorstep, he said.
A written SPCA report headed To Prevent or Mitigate Suffering
says: "Black and white dog has dislocated and fractured right
hind leg as per vet report. Dog must have immediate
veterinary treatment or must be euthanased. If you don't
comply you may face prosecution."
But Bronson won't give up the fight.
"I'll just be prosecuted, then. I'll go to jail if I have to.
I don't want Buck killed. He's a really nice dog and I love
him like a brother."
Kevin Stewart invited all animal-loving citizens of Wanganui
to help him with my son's plight.
"This puppy is not in any pain to need any drugs at present
while we try to raise the $800 for his amputation or the
$2500 to pin his leg back together as suggested by the
capitalist [vet] and the SPCA."