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She took her dog to the vet to be put down. Five months later, she discovered her dog was still alive.


HOWELL, N.J. - A New Jersey woman was reunited with her 15-year-old miniature pinscher five months after she brought it to a local veterinary hospital to be euthanized. The dog was still alive.

Keri Levy brought her dog to the vet on May 17, 2017 to be euthanized "due to his declining health," according to WPIX-TV.

"She picked up the collar and actually paid her bill," said local animal cruelty spokesperson Ross Licitra. "She even received a letter from the veterinary offices stating their condolences on the loss of her pet."

There's only one problem. The dog was never put down.

Last week, the dog owner's family received an anonymous tip from someone telling her that her dog was still alive and in the care of a vet technician that worked at the hospital, according to a local television station.

That tip proved to be true. Levy found out a vet tech from the veterinary hospital she thought she was having her dog euthanized at was taking care of her ailing dog.

"The animal was suffering with a life-threatening illness," Licitra said.

Dr. George Menez, the former head veterinarian at the hospital, allegedly allowed and was aware that one of his employees was taking care of the dog, according to WPIX-TV.

On Monday, Oct. 16, Levy called local police after learning her dog was still alive. Police then ordered the vet tech to return the dog to Levy. They were briefly reunited before the dog was euthanized.

Levy was refunded the money she paid for the original euthanization that was never done.

Both the veterinarian and the vet tech involved no longer work at the animal hospital.

Ross Torgerson

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