It can't really be legal to keep a dog can it? It's not nice that's for sure. I've been so messed up over this I don't know what to do. My dog got in an accident yesterday. He tried diving though a piece of fencing he couldn't fit through and speared himself with a piece of heave gauge wire. The wire went in at his waist and out his hip and the poor dog was hung up but wiggled his way off of it which left a gaping 10" hole under his skin. There's no way I could treat the wound myself so I took him to the vet. He had to have drain tubes put in under his skin and had everything flushed out real good. Tetanus shots and antibiotics. Not cheap but very necessary. This is a dog I've had longer than my oldest kid. I adopted him when I got depressed about not being able to get pregnant after 1 1/2 years of marriage and needed to take my mind off of trying to have a baby. 5 weeks after I got him I got pregnant with my oldest. I blame the dog for taking my mind off my depression and giving me something else to think about. He's been a guardian and a friend since April 2001. He was a natural babysitter for my kids, he kept me from being down in the dumps on bad days. He saw me through my divorce. I gave up my hunting rifle and my car so I could keep the dog. He means the world to me. Today I was told if I couldn't come up with the bill in full or give them collateral they wouldn't give me my dog back. My poor dog who's never been away from home and is in pain is stuck in a small cage in the back of the vet's office. They will add an extra fee for keeping him another night. Which I won't be able to pay and then they'll keep him another day. I've been beside myself in grief. I can't stop crying thinking about not getting my dog back. It can't be right. Even if he didn't have years of sentimental value to him a person should be able to get adequate emergency care for their animal without worrying if they'll ever see him again. Right? Am I so out of line to think they're being unreasonable? I don't know what to do. An attorney would cost so much more. I had every intention of paying her back little by little. I figured I'd spend the next couple of months giving the vet every last dime just to pay her back, but I never in the world thought I'd lose my dog because I wanted him treated after an accident. I'm not sure why I'm posting here. Reaching out for understanding maybe. I guess I'm just lost. I'm a single mom trying to make a living with my little farm and stay out of everyones way. I've never been a cheater or criminal (I did get a ticket when I forgot to put on my seatbelt once). It just doesn't seem right. Thank you for letting me cry about my problem. I can't seem to stop crying. I think about how impossible it's going to be to come up with that much money and then they're going to add to the bill every night they keep him. It seems hopeless. It can't be right. Please go easy with the responses. It's been one helluva 24hrs and it's not close to over yet. This is one of those times I wish I had a man around to push until he got what was right. I'm so exhausted. I know I'm grasping at lose ends but I just don't know what to do.