Uninsured Whippet's vet bill £6k following attack

Friday, 18th November 2011

A couple are suing the owners of two Staffordshire Bull Terrier-types after their dogs attacked a Whippet.

The Whippet, Piper, almost died, and needed pet medication and treatment from the vet to the tune of £6,000, reports chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk.

However, Piper’s owners, Pamela and Peter Middleton, did not have insurance for the animal, so sued Gary and Pauline Parmenter, the Staffie owners.

Ms Middleton told the news provider: "We were devastated. We thought we were going to lose her. We didn't have any pet insurance because at her age she hasn’t had any health problems at all."

"We used to have insurance but it's gone up and up every year."

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home recently said an increasing number of people are having to give up their pets because they cannot afford them anymore.

Claire Horton, chief executive at Battersea, explained that the charity helps owners as much as possible with vet bills and pet food by taking the animal in and trying to rehome it.