Woman Sues Vet for $1M Over Alleged Extortionthe daily dish
A woman in Tustin, Calif., is suing a veterinary clinic for $1 million after veterinarians tried to have her arrested for animal cruelty because she couldn't afford her dog's $10,000 surgery, according to the Daily Mail U.K.
Karen Kelly's dog, Mojo, was hit and dragged by a car on July 31, 2011. Kelly brought Mojo immediately to Advanced Critical Care and Internal Medicine Inc., a 24-hour veterinary clinic in Tustin. His initial treatments cost about $1,300, but veterinarians at the clinic told Kelly that Mojo would require surgery, and even then there was no guarantee he would survive. The surgery would cost $10,000.
Kelly, like most people, didn't have 10 grand to spare. She called family and friends in an attempt to borrow the money, but her efforts were in vain. She applied for a line of credit with the clinic, but was denied. With seemingly no other options, Kelly asked to bring Mojo home without the surgery so she could later consult with her regular vet. Vets at the clinic said if she did that, they would have her arrested for animal cruelty.
Kelly took Mojo home anyway, and the next day, Orange County animal control officers posted a notice on her door saying that she was being investigated for animal cruelty.
The case against Kelly eventually was dropped, but Kelly says the ordeal put her through considerable emotional distress. Now she is suing the clinic, claiming civil extortion, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Meanwhile, Mojo is alive and well today - without having had any surgery following his injuries. It is unclear what other treatment he may have received to address his injuries.
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