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You must be barking! Owner refuses to pay up after he claims pet nearly died following op.

Byline: James Cain Reporter

A DOG lover is refusing to pay thousands of pounds in vet fees after his spaniel was left "close to death" when he contracted an infection following surgery.

Craig Hopson's two-year-old springer spaniel, Alfie, needed surgery after he ate a ball while out for a walk in May last year.

Mr Hopson, from Marton Avenue, in Marton, Middlesbrough, took Alfie to Rosslyn Veterinary Centre in Linthorpe, where the ball was surgically removed by vets.

But Mr Hopson claims that after the operation, Alfie developed septic peritonitis, a bacterial infection that can lead to blood poisoning.

Following the complication, Mr Hopson took Alfie to Wear Referrals, in Bradbury, where he paid more than PS5,000 for emergency treatment after which Alfie made a full recovery.

But now Mr Hopson is refusing to pay Rosslyn Vets' PS3,178 fee.

He is also challenging a demand to pay PS1,201 to Vets Now on Victoria Street, central Middlesbrough, where Alfie was kept overnight while being treated at the Rosslyn Veterinary Centre.

"I've got demands coming in from debt collectors," said Mr Hopson.

"I refuse to pay the two vets in question because of the way they handled it.

"He had to have his intestines removed - it cost me PS5,400 which I had no problem with paying but I'm so unhappy with the other two vets."

The oil and gas worker said Alife was "close to death" and that it took a third vet to save his life.

"All my savings went on saving my dog. He's been through a lot.

"People have said 'why didn't you have him put to sleep?' "That wasn't an option - he's a member of the family."

Mr Hopson complained to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) about the treatment at the Rosslyn Veterinary Centre.

Ian Holloway, RCVS head of communications, said: "We investigate all concerns raised with us, but are unable to con-firm or deny whether a concern has been raised unless and until it might be forwarded to the RCVS Disciplinary Committee for a full public hearing.

"This is to ensure fairness for all parties involved."

A spokeswoman for the Rosslyn Veterinary Centre said: "This case has been fully investigated by our governing body, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and we have been fully exonerated in this matter."


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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2016
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