Tony the Dog's Medical Fund

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Raised by 380 people in 43 months
This morning on my way to work, I came upon an accident scene where a young man and his dog (Tony) were run over by a car. The man and the dog were lying in the middle of the road and the man who was injured himself was crawling to try to get to his dog to comfort him. It was one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful moments I have ever witnessed, and it literally brought me to tears. There was a crowd already gathered, and I could hear the sirens on their way. However, I couldn't just drive by... something made me park my car and get out. The man was rushed off to the hospital, and as he was being treated, I told him not to worry about his dog that I would take care of him. I had Tony sent to NC State's Vet Med ER.  Soon after I received a call that his injuries were life-threatening, and he needed surgery.  I had to make a call on the spot to spend $1,000 for a CT Scan to see if he could even have surgery. I didn't hesitate, and I told them to go ahead and do the CT Scan. The good news is that his bladder was intact and he is having surgery tomorrow. The bad news is that he has a broken pelvis and humerus, and the surgery is $10,000 (not including after care). I just couldn't have this poor dog put down 8 days before Christmas, so I agreed to be responsible for Tony's vet bills.  An Angel (named Nancy) who is the Pastor at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church was at the scene as well, we exchanged numbers, and she has offered to raise $5,000 through her church. If you have the financial means to help out, I would greatly appreciate any amount you could give. If you don't have the financial means, please share this and keep Tony in your prayers. Pray that he has a successful surgery tomorrow and that he is reunited with his owner for Christmas. Thank you!
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I am absolutely heartsick to share with you that Tony has taken a turn for the worse. He will be put to sleep tomorrow morning. Tony's family is devastated, and I know they will appreciate your prayers in the difficult days that lie ahead. Pastor Nancy is at the hospital now saying a blessing for Tony.
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I just received great news from Tony's owner! Tony was moved to the physical therapy unit today and has officially started rehab. He's meeting with the doctor tomorrow, and he'll get a better idea of a timeline for when Tony can come home. Tomorrow is 2 weeks since the accident. I'm sure he's more than ready to go home!
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Sorry for the delayed update. I'm in New York visiting family and friends for the holidays. I texted with Tony's owner yesterday, and here is what he shared:

He's doing well. He gets a little stronger everyday. He's off heparin now and is taking an oral medication instead. Dr. Blake said he's been very easy to take care of.

There is no update on when he'll be able to leave the hospital. His progress is steady but slow. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
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I am truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support for Tony (and his owner). So many family, friends, and strangers have made gifts, shared this story, and sent kind and thoughtful notes. I am humbled and beyond thankful and grateful.

I can't believe we almost have enough money raised to pay for Tony's surgery. Anything above and beyond the $10,000 will be used for Tony's aftercare (which is going to be extensive and pricey). I visited Tony this afternoon, and he is doing well, However, he is still in ICU and has a very long road of recovery ahead of him. Anything that is raised that is not used for Tony's surgery and his aftercare will be donated to Vet Med at NC State for a fund that helps pet owners in situations just like this. I have only been at NC State for less than 3 months, but I can tell you that this is an EXTRA SPECIAL place.

Those of you who know me know what a special love I have for animals (and especially dogs). I would truly save them all if I could. While that's not possible, please never underestimate the impact you can have by just saving one.

Love to all of you!
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Francine Olivadoti Cronin
43 months ago
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Alta, NC State Vet Med has lowered the costs, and many of the staff and caretakers have personally made generous gifts (including some students). Also, the costs here are actually less expensive (even with travel expenses), and many people travel far distances (out of state) to have their pets treated here. My dog just had eye surgery, and the cost was less than half of what I was quoted to have the same surgery done in Rochester, NY. Tony's surgery took over 6 hours and you can't imagine the personal attention he is receiving. He has a team of experts surrounding him whenever I have been to visit him. It is an incredible place, but health care is expensive. They have a fund to help in cases like this, but all of the money in that fund is depleted. Please let's not say shame on them! If Tony had gone anywhere else, he would not be alive. They have done an incredible and beautiful thing, please let's not turn this into something negative. Best, Francine

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Rebekkah Cote
43 months ago
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My heart goes out to Tony, his family, the NC Vet School, Francine, all those who contributed financially & otherwise to Tony's care. Sometimes it's a comfort to know that all possible treatment was done, even though the end result was not what anyone wanted. Tony's life, though, was a gift to so many, as people all came together to support him and his family. May Tony's family know they are part of a larger loving community which supports them in their grief and holds them in our hearts. ♥

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Carole A Johnson
43 months ago
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What is the up date on Tony and the owner? I hope both are doing well. Was this a hit&run? The driver of the auto should be responsible for all expense.

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Lee Procter
43 months ago
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Just a FYI...the owner of the dog can present a property damage claim to the driver's auto insurer for Tony's medical bills. Depending on the owner's fault with regard to the accident, they may or may not reimburse him.

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Janni Tarby Cone
43 months ago
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This is a beautiful story and brought a tear to my eye - signing up to be responsible for Tony's care on the spot was bold and kind and amazing all wrapped into one. Wonderful work - and how this will help his owner recover and be at ease. CHEERS!

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Sonja Yagel
43 months ago
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God is so good and He is touching people's hearts right here at Christmas with Christmas spirit of giving. Thank all of you for your love of your fellow man and his fur baby.

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Alexa Gonzalez
43 months ago
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Do we know how the owner is doing?! I hope he's okay!

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Heather Olivadoti
43 months ago
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So sorry you had to go through this! I shared to my page and will make a donation on Friday!

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Tony
11 months ago

hi I’m a 14 year old boy named tony who has a husky dog and is in pain I’m not sure what this is but her ear is red and her body is red and black and she is a white husky i don’t know what to do right now my mom doesn’t know i did got this app all I want is my dog to be alright but I don’t want her to die... I’m sorry I’m typing it on here I’m also sorry for tony and his dog I will pray till they get better hope someone reads this have a good day

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Michelle Ricker
43 months ago

I have just come across this news. I am so very sorry to hear that Tony has not been able to overcome this horrific incident, and even sadder for his owner. My sincere sympathy to you ♥ :(

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Kay Bart
43 months ago

Yes, indeed, Tony's life was a gift to many. Thank you for pointing that out. Always count as a blessing any extra time you can get with unconditional love. So very sorry to hear the news. Peace to all.

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Laura Sam
43 months ago

I am so very sorry to hear the latest terrible news. Thank you, Ms. Cronin, and everyone else who stepped up to help Tony and his family. Witnessing so many acts of kindness is at least something to feel good about.

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Michelle Ricker
43 months ago

Can we have an update please? Has Tony left the Vet hospital?

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April Vaughan
43 months ago

Can the money be used towards the care of Tony and his owner? Thanks for letting others know that a pet is family.

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Surly Wynch
43 months ago

Hey ALTA WEST WOOD- Unless you have spent any time or money at the Vet School ( I have BTW, repeatedly), chill with the negative press. They are on par, and actually less expensive in many regards than specialty Vet clinics. The way it works there is your pet goes in for say... kidney failure. It's a teaching hospital and your pet is on the rounds for all specialties, every day. So yeah, you're paying for kidney failure, but your pet is seen by the coronary team, the ophthalmology team, the dental team, the nutrition team, all of them; at no additional cost to you. Have a Happy Holiday. Best wishes for Tony and his human.

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Alta West Wood
43 months ago

I love animals....that being said. I cannot believe that the learning vet school could not donàte their skills or at least. Lower the cost for this poor dog ....I had heard that they are very expensive..give me a break...NC State learning school...shame on you

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Great story. The world can always use a little more kindness.

Francine Olivadoti Cronin
43 months ago
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Alta, NC State Vet Med has lowered the costs, and many of the staff and caretakers have personally made generous gifts (including some students). Also, the costs here are actually less expensive (even with travel expenses), and many people travel far distances (out of state) to have their pets treated here. My dog just had eye surgery, and the cost was less than half of what I was quoted to have the same surgery done in Rochester, NY. Tony's surgery took over 6 hours and you can't imagine the personal attention he is receiving. He has a team of experts surrounding him whenever I have been to visit him. It is an incredible place, but health care is expensive. They have a fund to help in cases like this, but all of the money in that fund is depleted. Please let's not say shame on them! If Tony had gone anywhere else, he would not be alive. They have done an incredible and beautiful thing, please let's not turn this into something negative. Best, Francine

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Rebekkah Cote
43 months ago
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My heart goes out to Tony, his family, the NC Vet School, Francine, all those who contributed financially & otherwise to Tony's care. Sometimes it's a comfort to know that all possible treatment was done, even though the end result was not what anyone wanted. Tony's life, though, was a gift to so many, as people all came together to support him and his family. May Tony's family know they are part of a larger loving community which supports them in their grief and holds them in our hearts. ♥

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Carole A Johnson
43 months ago
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1

What is the up date on Tony and the owner? I hope both are doing well. Was this a hit&run? The driver of the auto should be responsible for all expense.

+ Read More
Lee Procter
43 months ago
1
1

Just a FYI...the owner of the dog can present a property damage claim to the driver's auto insurer for Tony's medical bills. Depending on the owner's fault with regard to the accident, they may or may not reimburse him.

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Janni Tarby Cone
43 months ago
1
1

This is a beautiful story and brought a tear to my eye - signing up to be responsible for Tony's care on the spot was bold and kind and amazing all wrapped into one. Wonderful work - and how this will help his owner recover and be at ease. CHEERS!

+ Read More
Sonja Yagel
43 months ago
1
1

God is so good and He is touching people's hearts right here at Christmas with Christmas spirit of giving. Thank all of you for your love of your fellow man and his fur baby.

+ Read More
Alexa Gonzalez
43 months ago
1
1

Do we know how the owner is doing?! I hope he's okay!

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Heather Olivadoti
43 months ago
1
1

So sorry you had to go through this! I shared to my page and will make a donation on Friday!

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Tony
11 months ago

hi I’m a 14 year old boy named tony who has a husky dog and is in pain I’m not sure what this is but her ear is red and her body is red and black and she is a white husky i don’t know what to do right now my mom doesn’t know i did got this app all I want is my dog to be alright but I don’t want her to die... I’m sorry I’m typing it on here I’m also sorry for tony and his dog I will pray till they get better hope someone reads this have a good day

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Michelle Ricker
43 months ago

I have just come across this news. I am so very sorry to hear that Tony has not been able to overcome this horrific incident, and even sadder for his owner. My sincere sympathy to you ♥ :(

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Kay Bart
43 months ago

Yes, indeed, Tony's life was a gift to many. Thank you for pointing that out. Always count as a blessing any extra time you can get with unconditional love. So very sorry to hear the news. Peace to all.

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Laura Sam
43 months ago

I am so very sorry to hear the latest terrible news. Thank you, Ms. Cronin, and everyone else who stepped up to help Tony and his family. Witnessing so many acts of kindness is at least something to feel good about.

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Michelle Ricker
43 months ago

Can we have an update please? Has Tony left the Vet hospital?

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April Vaughan
43 months ago

Can the money be used towards the care of Tony and his owner? Thanks for letting others know that a pet is family.

+ Read More
Surly Wynch
43 months ago

Hey ALTA WEST WOOD- Unless you have spent any time or money at the Vet School ( I have BTW, repeatedly), chill with the negative press. They are on par, and actually less expensive in many regards than specialty Vet clinics. The way it works there is your pet goes in for say... kidney failure. It's a teaching hospital and your pet is on the rounds for all specialties, every day. So yeah, you're paying for kidney failure, but your pet is seen by the coronary team, the ophthalmology team, the dental team, the nutrition team, all of them; at no additional cost to you. Have a Happy Holiday. Best wishes for Tony and his human.

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Alta West Wood
43 months ago

I love animals....that being said. I cannot believe that the learning vet school could not donàte their skills or at least. Lower the cost for this poor dog ....I had heard that they are very expensive..give me a break...NC State learning school...shame on you

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