Owners say dog held for ransom at animal hospital - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Owners say dog held for ransom at animal hospital

(WMC-TV) - Paco is a 14-year-old Shih-Tzu belonging to Newbern residents Paul and Mary Williams.

Pictures show little Paco before he was allegedly attacked by another dog at the Dyer County Animal Hospital.

"Saturday morning, we went out of town, dropped him off.  They called me Sunday and said he had a missing eye, broke jaw, and three missing teeth," explained owner Paul Williams. 

Williams said the veterinarian at the animal hospital told him that another dog, a lab, attacked Paco.

"They done sewed up his eye and everything before they ever called me and done the work.  Now, they say we can't even see the dog," Williams said.

Tuesday morning, Williams said his wife came to pick up Paco and take him home.

He said his wife was quite surprised when she walked in the door at the vet's office.

"I was expecting to pay like $30 for boarding fees and instead they say I owe $400," added Williams.

Williams and his wife say Paco is too old and fragile for surgery. 

They say Paco is being fed and watered, but they do not feel they should have to pay the $400 because Paco was allegedly injured on the hospital's watch.

"They should be willing to get my dog as close back to health as they can.  It's their responsibility when you pay them to take care of something, they should take care of something," continued Williams.

The Williams consider Paco as part of the family.

They say he follows them everywhere in the house...a house they want little Paco back in.

"She can't even look at him, see how he's doing, nothing," said Williams.

Action News 5 reached out to Dyer County Animal Hospital for a comment.  So far, calls have not been returned.

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