Steve Scarlett is a dog owner from Queensland who found himself in a shocking situation that is almost too infuriating to be true. The man took his nine-month-old terrier, Muni, to the clinic with a broken leg and it was decided that the dog needed an amputation.
The surgery went well and the dog was fine after it, except for one thing; they amputated the wrong leg.
Yes, you’ve read that correct, the vet made the terrible mistake of removing the wrong leg and pinning the leg that was supposed to be removed.
Scarlett made a video of the incident and it quickly gained traction online.
Unfortunately, the situation got even worse. The insurance company’s response got him fuming.
“(My) immediate reaction was rage,” Mission Beach man Steve Scarlett told 7NEWS. Scarlett is now trying to raise funds for a prosthetic leg that he says could cost up to $60,000, but Steve claims Guild Insurance has only offered a $5,000 settlement to replace the dog himself, not get the leg.
Their exact words were:
“while this might sound harsh, legally you are only entitled to the reasonable costs of Muni’s treatment and/or the cost of purchasing a replacement dog if treatment costs are higher”.
Scarlett considers the response as insulting.
“These are family pets, they’re not commodities, they’re not just a buyable and sellable thing. Money’s got nothing to do with it, they’re responsible.”
In April, Scarlett also set up a GoFundMe page to raise $10,000 for a prosthetic limb, which has since collected more than $26,000.