Tuco needs some help for himself and his humans

Howdy everyone here is our story,

Last week my family experienced something no one should ever have to, a sheriff's deputy came to our door looking for someone who lived in the RV located on the property next to our own. After knocking briefly but not announcing who it was my niece who lives in our primary trailer opened the door to see who it was, and at that moment our Belgian Malinois Tuco jumped out of the trailer and ran towards the officer who in self-defense shot him. We personally hold no ill will towards this officer because at that moment it was a big dog coming towards him fast with unknown intent and he has his own family to make sure to get back to.

I was able to find Tuco underneath our trailer and performed emergency first aid on him. At that time the officer called for backup and the animal control to help assist with the situation. Once everyone was assembled on the property (Officers, and Family alike) animal control were able to find an emergency animal clinic in Prescott that would be able to help Tuco. This happened to also be a day that Fire and a Multi-Car traffic Collision cut-off traffic down I-17 and 69 towards Prescott. Animal control offered to drive Tuco to the emergency vet by going through Jerome, but they did have to inform us that the resulting medical bills would be our responsibility to cover.

We agreed immediately and animal control got him situated with the emergency vet located in Prescott. Through the Vet's generosity after hearing our story 
(Because at the time and still we had/have no means of paying for his treatment) they were able to stabilize him, clean his wounds (A through and through gunshot wound from the right side of his neck to the right side of his chest resulting in some shrapnel in the tissue and bruising to the right lung), got him on some antibiotics and pain management medications.

Because we were  not able to renew his Rabies vaccination before the incident given the tumultuous year our family has had between moving multiple times, loss of Tuco’s sister earlier this year due to a traffic accident and compounded with the Covid-19 outbreak complicating pretty much everything in life he is staying in quarantine for ten days as per sheriff's department's policy, his injuries are being attended by the lovely folks over at the Prescott humane society until June 10th or 11th when we can finally bring him home. (We would have had this posted sooner but the human in charge of organizing this had to go to ER themselves and  were bed ridden a few days hence the delay) 

But therein lies the financial rub we still need to cover the costs of the initial emergency veterinary visit and the cost of the required quarantine period of ten days plus any additional costs which we are sure are mounting but are unaware of what the total damage will look like by the end of this catastrophe and that is where we need your help. We have already approached CareCredit, a specially loan provider for medical procedures for you or your pet and were declined and currently looking into other possible loan options but the prospects are not looking great.

We just want to get our family back together in one piece safe, sound and without crippling us any further either Emotionally/Financially for something that we were not involved in to begin with. I believe anyone out there who has ever had a pet or just been caught up in a situation where you have no power or information to work with can appreciate not wanting to drown in the process of trying to get back to normal.

With all that said here is our plan for donations,

1. Tuco's bills paid for the services that have been rendered. (These Veterinary heroes deserve their pay)

2. Scheduling and followup care for Tuco to make sure he is as happy a dog as he ever was.

3 . Steak party for the dog's Tuco and his 5 Chihuahua minions (Humans to be invited at the guest of honor's discretion)

4. Making sure all to the animals are up to date on their respective vaccinations (Rabies, Ect)

5. Scheduling Appointments for the Chihuahuas to be Spayed and Neutered (2 Female and 3 Male) they have a congenital heart defect that requires them to use a different anesthetic then usually used by spay and neuter clinics so a full service Veterinarian is required.

6. Celebratory party for all animals (Dogs, cats, horses, goats and people alike) for not having to enjoy the miracle of birth and associated upkeep in confined spaces like trailers ever again.

7. Large outdoor dog run for all the critters so they can safely exercise and have some additional space to sunbathe as they like to do.

8. If everything thing else has been covered for the Pets to make them as healthy and happy as they can be any additional funds will be used to procure Animal/Human needs such as Food, Rent, Power to keep things cool during these hot Summer months in Arizona and a donation to a suitable charity that specializes in Emergency Animal Care and Cost Containment Measures for Veterinary Billing. 

We may live longer than our furry family members but that does not diminish the happiness or impact that they bring into our lives, so we want to do the best we can to take care of them as much as they take care of us.

Thank you all very much for reading our story and request, your thoughts, prayers and donations mean so much to this family it is impossible for me to  adequately convey our feelings in words and a special thanks to the Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital, the Yavapai County Humane Society and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office for helping us as best as they were able to given the situation.

Please stay safe, stay warm or cool depending on your local weather, be kind to one another as much as you can and have one great day after another.

The Follett Family



Jeremy Follett 
Rimrock, AZ
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