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EMTs rescue emaciated puppy refused by vet clinic

Two Rural-Metro paramedics found the pit bull puppy lying in the parking lot

Huffington Post

BUFFALO, N.Y. — When a Buffalo, N.Y., veterinary clinic reportedly refused to take in a starving puppy found shivering in its parking lot, a local EMT crew came to the dog's rescue. Two Rural-Metro paramedics found the pit bull puppy lying in the parking lot of the Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital on Wednesday, WIVB reports.

"It was, like, 32 degrees outside, and she was skin and bones. If we [had gotten there] seconds later, she would probably would have been frozen to death," EMT Norine Hoch told the television station.

But when Hoch and her partner knocked on the vet's door, they were shocked to have it slammed in their faces, WIVB reports. Refusing to wait for the SPCA, which a worker alleged was on its way, the two wrapped the pup in blankets, and a supervisor rushed her to the local SPCA shelter.

Full story: Emaciated, Shivering Puppy Refused By Buffalo Vet Clinic, Rescued By Heroic EMTs

Starved dog found at clinic's doorstep

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Lucy Tripodi Devino Lucy Tripodi Devino Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:06:21 PM Shame on that vet who would not treat this poor puppy! How could you refuse to treat something that is about to die. You are so unethical...burn in hell!
Rose Smith Rose Smith Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:08:38 PM that vet clinic needs to be shut down!
Brodie Verworn Brodie Verworn Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:14:16 PM Wow! That vet clinic and all those who serve there should be exposed for the POS's they are. I wonder why they became Vets/animal helpers? If any one of my colleagues treated a human found like that in our firehouse parking lot...
Karli Sutton Karli Sutton Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:27:06 PM unbelievable!
Mike Larson Mike Larson Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:28:34 PM Taking what the Huffington Post reports as actual news, is like believing what the National Enquirer is printing.
Brodie Verworn Brodie Verworn Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:33:47 PM Note that it did cite sources.
Tracey Erin Nickles Tracey Erin Nickles Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:35:05 PM First I cried, then I got pissed. I can't understand how any human being could let a puppy or any animal for that matter get to that condition. You can't starve them overnight, so this poor creature has been suffering for a very long time. Everyone's upset at the vet that wouldn't help (trust me, I am too) but don't forget that there is a very cruel individual out there that starved this poor pup. I hope that person rots in hell for that! (and the vet too). I applaud the crew that took compassion on the little pup and I pray that it makes it through this!
Susan Coghill Susan Coghill Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:37:53 PM Thank you.
Mike Larson Mike Larson Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:40:57 PM Well then link the source. I'm at the news site now lets see how hard it is to find this story. If you can find the original news post then message and/or post it. Huffington Post is crap and they rarely if ever post retractions for their mistakes.
Chris Deitz Chris Deitz Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:42:14 PM That vet should lose his right to practice! No animal should sufer like that.
Mike Larson Mike Larson Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:47:34 PM I found it and there is more to the story then being reported. The short version doesn't tell it all.
Brandon Hines Sckooby Brandon Hines Sckooby Sunday, December 02, 2012 6:07:50 PM That's a shame you get in the field to help people not turn them away. That's like a EMT saying well you to sick so I don't want to take care of you.
Alexander Robinson Alexander Robinson Sunday, December 02, 2012 7:03:04 PM So what's your point? That's why it's called the short version...
Ron Albrecht Ron Albrecht Sunday, December 02, 2012 7:22:13 PM I wish I could say the things I want to say but I will just agree with L. Devino. May the Vet Burn in hell!
Suzy Red Suzy Red Sunday, December 02, 2012 10:23:05 PM I hope that animal hospital get shut down. I'm sorry that's just not right to leave a poor puppy out in the cold! Bravo to the paramedics!
Debbie Garrett Therrien Debbie Garrett Therrien Monday, December 03, 2012 5:38:20 PM ow an people be so crule
Melanie-Ann Harmon Summers Melanie-Ann Harmon Summers Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:19:56 AM I am proud that I worked for a company who is compassionate about what they do. Incredible treatment for the puppy. Horrified of the condition of the animal and the response from the hospital. When I was with Rural/Metro I remember one of our EMTs taking a dog that was in an MVA to the vet clinic less than a mile away. Way to go beyond the call of duty. Thank you for taking care of this neglected animal.
Lona-Joyce Hornsby Gallo Lona-Joyce Hornsby Gallo Wednesday, December 05, 2012 2:04:14 PM Shameful, how aweful, maybe it, s to not be a vet.
Robin Printy Robin Printy Wednesday, December 05, 2012 2:13:18 PM I concur that the Vet's office should be closed, but the entire staff should be arrested for assisting with animal cruelity!

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