A teenager in Michigan got her dog, Blackie, back — thanks to an anonymous donor who footed her bill at the pound after reading of her plight.
Tia Schidler, 14, was swarmed with emails after TV station WNDU first aired the story of how she was unable to come up with the $200 she needed get her dog from the St. Joseph County Humane Society.
Humane Society officials weren’t all that thrilled with the happy ending, because it was the third time the dog had been picked up for running loose.
“I think everyone needs to understand this is rewarding bad behavior,” said Carol Ecker, humane society director. “If the dog continues to get loose it’s going to die.”
On Friday morning, Tia’s $200 bill – a $100 pick-up fee, a $75 fine as a third offender, a $20 vaccination fee, and a $10 charge for food and care – was paid in full by one of many people who offered to help the Michiana teen.
Tia’s mom was unable to help her with the bill because she’s disabled, the TV station reported in its first story.
Tia promised her rescuer that she wouldn’t let the dog run loose again, and said she was ecstatic to get her dog back. “Wow. That is like so amazing,” she said. “I didn’t think anyone would actually do that because of the way the economy is now.”
Posted by John Woestendiek May 4th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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