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Washington dog and cat hospital says it will keep a patient who passed away from Covid-19 after his family did not pay a hospital bill

A family who is struggling to pay medical bills for their dog and cat are facing a more immediate problem, with their family member being taken to hospital to test for Covid-19.

Dr. John Custer, director of veterinary emergency medicine at Pets Alive Northwest Veterinary Hospital, told the Seattle Times that the family of a young dog named Harley did not pay a bill they accrued after the dog needed emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.

Now, Harley’s life is in jeopardy as his owner and the hospital are struggling to pay for a ventilation machine he needs and if he survives, may be unable to pay for his care.

Harley is part of a large group of pets who are being cared for at the Northwest Veterinary Hospital. The veterinarian facility says it is open at full capacity, and it does not normally turn away patients, but is limited by the number of ventilators it has.


According to the Times, a similar situation happened last year when a family needed emergency help for their 11-year-old cat, but were turned away and had to turn to a local rescue group for help.

The Times noted that Pets Alive Northwest veterinary hospital is not affiliated with the University of Washington’s veterinary school. It is part of a for-profit organization that treats around 12,000 animals per year.

The Times reported that the bills are coming due at a time when Petco and PetSmart stores have both suspended in-store pet adoptions to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

The virus continues to spread, with more than 100,000 confirmed cases and 2,700 deaths in the U.S.

“The virus is not only hurting people but also pet owners, and it’s really affecting us,” Pets Alive’s CEO Tom Smith told the Times. “Every day we’re working on a plan to address the coronavirus issue.”


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