Mainer pleads for return of puppy surrendered over $10K bill

Update: Maine Veterinary Medical Center has released a statement in response to WGME’s reporting. You can read the statement here.

Just hours after surrendering her puppy over a massive emergency vet bill, a Kennebunk woman said she came up with the money, but the clinic refused to return her dog.

Rachel Mullen said she got Jaxx, a 4-month-old German shepherd, from a breeder in March.

“I fell in love with him,” Mullen said.

A couple of weeks ago, she said the puppy got curious and ended up with a wooden skewer in his belly.

Mullen said her veterinarian recommended Maine Veterinary Medical Center, a 24-hour emergency clinic, and Jaxx was admitted on a Thursday night.

“The last thing I did was gave him a hug and a kiss and told him to go get better,” Mullen said.

The next morning, Mullen said, the center called to tell her that Jaxx needed surgery at a cost of more than $10,000.

The center’s website says 50 percent of the estimate is due upfront and the rest upon completion of services. It states that “MVMC does not offer any payment plan options,” but does accept credit cards, CareCredit and personal checks.

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