Make Scruffy's Law a Reality, Sign the Petition

Mark Gordon Brown By Mark Gordon Brown, 15th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2q6xudjw/
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Did you hear about the kitten, named Scruffy, that was euthanized in an Arizona animal shelter just before Christmas, 2011, because his owner did not have enough money to pay a veterinary bill? This sort of thing happens a lot. Perhaps you can change the law.

Background on Scruffy

Scruffy was a kitten, injured on a barbed wire fence. His owner Daniel Dockery thought he was doing the right thing for the kitten by taking it to an animal shelter in Arizona, USA, on December 8, 2011.

Unfortunately for Daniel, and Scruffy, the veterinarians refused to treat the kitten with out payment ( around $400). Daniel was unable to pay but his mother offered to pay by VISA, which the veterinarian's office could not accept. As a result, and without Daniel knowing until it was too late, Scruffy was euthanized.

Needless to say when the story hit the news, and the Internet in particular, people were outraged and many withdrew funding to the shelter.

Can you Help?

Scruffy's owner was devastated. But perhaps the awareness generated by this incident (undoubtedly not the first time this has ever happened - certainly it happens in shelters all the time due to lack of funding), might save other pets.

While I have little faith that on-line petitions can make a difference, they certainly cannot hurt. As such I urge all concerned pet lovers, particularly those in the USA, to sign the petition to bring justice in the form of Scruffy's Law, a bill that calls for veterinarians to accept flexible payment plans from owners.

Sign the Petition Here.

Anything Else?

If you have a pet, you need to try to keep it safe so it does not require emergency care, and remember that veterinarians are not charities, they deserve to be paid. However there must be plans for owners in need!

Some animal shelters accept donations to be used specifically to help pet owners in emergency situations, you can ask your shelter if they have such a program.

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Arizona, Care, Cat, Euthanized, Finances, Flexible, Funds, Killed, Money, Payments, Petition, Scruffy, Scruffys Law, Shelter, Vet, Veterinarian

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Good to read about animals. Thanks.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Jan 2012 (#)

I wrote an article about the same incident, Mark, and published it on another site that I write for, Factoidz.Com. Here's the link to that article: http://factoidz.com/the-arizona-humane-society-is-under-attack/

I have signed the petition.

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author avatar Buzz
15th Jan 2012 (#)

I love animals, Mark. I signed.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
15th Jan 2012 (#)

I used to keep rats and I have to say my vet was a star when they both sudenly came unwell he accepted payment terms no problem but im in th UK and it might be different in US :(

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Jan 2012 (#)

sad but important information, poor scruffy and thanks Mark...

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2012 (#)

It is sad that today's society has different rules for animals and humans. I prefer to call it double standards but that said, my dad was taken to hospital 6 weeks before he passed on with a rapture blood vessel that was visible and oozing out. The hospital told mum money on the table or nor treatment. They had no other go but to use my card which had money to pay something else to save dad's life.
Its the greed for money that is causing troubles all around and people are forgetting the common ethics of Do as You would be done by and the more you give the more you shall receive in life.
I feel for Scruffy, I really do, he deserved to live and the only reason he was probably put down was because he said meow not hello.
I give you my wholehearted vote on Scruffy's Law... Its needed to help breathe some sense of gratitude for the life we live and see around us...

BTW, my dad's name was Daniel....

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Excellent page, Mark. Just last week my mom and I had to bring her dog to the emergency clinic and were both astonished at the fees. Sadly, the doggie passed away a few days ago. :(

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2012 (#)

pS But he was a 15 year-old cocker Spaniel--- a long life for that breed.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks for bringing this to our attention Mark. I've signed the petition.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Jan 2012 (#)

caring and sharing two important principles of this age..thank you Mark

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author avatar Judy Ellen
15th Jan 2012 (#)

I will sign the petition. I too have animals that someday may need emergency care. I can't even afford to go to the doctor myself and have let many of my own health concerns go. It is sad that so many people go without medical care due to the high cost of health insurance and Doctors who are only in their profession for the money.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jan 2012 (#)

We have never come across this problem but, I am not saying it does not happen, as apparently it does. I am signing the petition. Thank you for bringing up this issue. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Mark for placing this petition, sadly this is the situation in South Africa, even the S.P.C.A. here is run on this principle. Unless humane people as yourself and Jerry Walch do this, it will continue and even intensify. What on earth has happened to Humanity? No wonder the "powers" want to shut down the last free thinking channel (Internet) left to bring rogue organizations and governments to book. Thank you Mark for the star on my Durban article as well I really appreciate it.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Oh, I just can't bear this. In UK we have a charitable concern called PDSA that I subscribe and give to, that pays vets to treat injuries and illness to animals. It also gives services like spaying etc. The PDSA runs charity shops etc that help pay for animals to be cared for if owners can't afford vets bills. Surely something like this should be going on in USA. After all, it probably cost a couple of hundred dollars to euthanise (kill) poor Scruffy. Why not just treat him? How appalling this story is.
And another point - this should be a star page. Draw attention to this horror.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
17th Jan 2012 (#)

I feel I need to study more on the topic before commenting.

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author avatar LOVERME
20th Jan 2012 (#)

nice Mark see u all r prospering gr88888888888888888
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH
AS I can't publish on this site ,,six are in pipeline ...
i use this poetry portion to add on my mind
They say they have nothing against me
yet they do not publish me and
i have readers 250 appx daily
Well done wikinut
u all are glamourous

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author avatar Jerry Walch
25th Jan 2012 (#)

@Lovemen If a site like Wikinut which will publish almost anything that's the property of the writer refuses to publish you, perhaps you should take a closer look at what you are trying to publish instead of leaving hateful comments on other people's pages. As I recall from back in the day when you were being published on Wikinut, you had been warned about the content of some of your poems. As for having readers...there are people who will read almost anything that someone may write but that does not mean that what they are reading is necessarily right for this site. People have the right to be able to read whatever they want to as long as the writer publishes on an appropriate site for the type of content they are writing.

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author avatar Tainted Innocence
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

I would be horrorified if my dog was put to sleep just because we were short on money. I am glad that people like you care enough to bring this to the attention of others.

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author avatar Val Mills
24th Jan 2012 (#)

This is a hard one Mark. Our so once owned what we called the million dollar cat, we having paid the medical bills when she was injured. Yes you are right, vets deserve to be paid. I keep telling our son, if you can't afford the bills it's best not to have a pet. But people are entitled to pets if it adds to the quality of life. Not sure there's a real answer to this one.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Jan 2012 (#)

The thing is, in this case, the mother was willing to pay, even if they waited a day they would have had the money. The cat was apparently not in any immediate danger of dying or suffering to that level.

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