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KZTV's John Rupolo investigates two separate dog deaths at PAAC

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CORPUS CHRISTI -

Amy Pinto has no idea why her dog died.  Princess, an 8 year old Terrier went to PAAC on Ayers a few weeks ago to get spayed but something went wrong. Amy called to see if her dog was ready for pick up.

"I'm calling to see how my dog is doing.  Has she had the procedure yet?" said Pinto.

And then this -

"Were sorry to tell you Princess didn't make it, she died," said Pinto.  Amy could not believe what she had just heard. "It's still mind boggling that she's not here over a simple procedure," said Pinto.

Just two weeks later Marie Ramirez brought her 3 year old pitbull Diamond to get neutered at PAAC.  Her dog died one hour after she picked it up and brought it home.

"Her heart wasn't responding right I don't know what happened something went wrong," said Ramirez.  So what happened to these two dogs just weeks apart? We asked PAAC president Cheryl Martinez.  We asked first about Maria's dog Diamond.

"We don't know what happened when this animal went home and left the facility," said Martinez.  "Well something happened, the dog died," said Rupolo.

Martinez showed us neocropsies done on both dogs.  She said Diamond died from heartworms and Princess died from a blood disorder.  "We have nine that have died that is point one twelve percent very low death rate, and any animal that dies its a tragedy," said Martinez.

We asked for an independent general statement about spaying and neutering considered to be a simple procedure from Dr. Alan Garett.  He said, "In my 40 years of doing spaying and neutering I have only lost two dogs."

PAAC has been around for years and has done lots of good free work for people who could not afford it. This should be noted for the record.

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