‘He was our baby’: Family devastated after veterinarian euthanizes wrong dog

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A family in Utah is devastated after a veterinarian mistakenly euthanized their dog.

When Ziggy started having breathing problems and difficulty keeping food down, Andrea Martinez acted quickly.

They went to a Davis County animal hospital and learned he needed surgery. It was a bit pricey but Ziggy is part of the family, she said.

“He was our baby, it was my daughter’s best friend. Money wasn’t an issue,” Martinez said.

They left Ziggy sand said they were told they’d get a call after surgery later that night. It came in at 2:30 a.m. that Ziggy didn’t make it.

“He kept beating around the bush about it, but he was saying it like I should’ve known,” Martinez said.

Groggy and confused, Martinez said she was put on hold.

“Then he got back on there and he apologized and said I’m so sorry that this happened, we got confused and ended up calling another dog’s mom,” she said.

Another dog named Ziggy. As Martinez understands it now, they got permission to put her dog down from the other Ziggy’s owner.

“They were still in the middle of surgery when they called the other person asking, it’s going to be more expensive, it’s going to be a more extended surgery do you want to continue it or do you want to let him go? They chose to let him go,” she said.

Ziggy was in bad shape and its hard to say what his life would’ve been like if the vet had been giving the approval to keep trying.

“I just wish we would’ve had the say, I wish we would’ve been able to say we tried everything that we could have,” Martinez said.

The vet has been very apologetic she said. They waived the bill, a nice urn, a plaque and a Christmas ornament with Ziggy’s paw print.

“She said there is no making it right, but this is what we can do to show that they are sorry,” Martinez said.