Animal Control Officer Helps Dog and Pet Owner in Need

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When officer Neil Kline from Kansas’s Wichita Animal Control knocked on Bill Boettcher’s door, he did it because a concerned citizen called to report an injured dog in Boettcher’s back yard. The officer came prepared to face animal neglect, but what he found was completely the opposite.

Boettcher, an ARMY veteran and former law enforcement officer owns Bubba. The dog has been this man’s companion for more than ten years and the pet owner has always taken good care of his pet. However, Boettcher is facing tough financial times and after Bubba got injured he couldn’t afford treatment.

Officer Neil Kline, Bubba and vets from Kansas Humane Society. Photo Credit: Wichita Animal Shelter
Officer Neil Kline, Bubba and a veterinarian from Kansas Humane Society. Photo Credit: Wichita Animal Shelter

Instead of reporting Boettcher and taking his pet away, officer Kline did something else. He contacted the Kansas Humane Society to see if they could do something to help Bubba and his veteran owner.

“I understand that there are people that are down on their luck, that are having a hard time. There’s a difference between people that just obviously don’t care about their animals,” Kline told KAKE News. “Then there’s people like Bill here that are doing their best with what they have, to care for their animals, and sometimes they just need a little extra help.”

Officer Neil Kline, Bubba, Bill Boettcher and vets from Kansas Humane Society. Photo Credit: Wichita Animal Shelter
Officer Neil Kline, Bubba, Bill Boettcher and vets from Kansas Humane Society. Photo Credit: Wichita Animal Shelter

The Kansas Humane Society examined Bubba and determined the leg injury is serious. The best they could to help the dog is amputate the leg. All services are being donated by the staff at the Humane Society and Boettcher does not have to pay a dime. Bubba is schedule for surgery on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

What started as an animal neglect case ended with an officer helping a pet and his owner in need. Not all pet owners are as caring and dedicated as Boettcher, and when those pet owners fall on harsh times its good to know there are people out there willing to lend a hand instead of judging them.

If you would like to help Bubba, consider making a donation to the Kansas Humane Society. To learn more, follow Wichita Animal Shelter on Facebook.

6 thoughts on “Animal Control Officer Helps Dog and Pet Owner in Need”

  1. After 15+ years in the field before regaining my sanity and leaving it for good, I am still predictably sickened when I hear or read the answer to limb trauma/fracture/cancer when there’s little or no money is always, and I do mean always, amputation. How about raising the bar off the ground, dear veterinary community?

    It’s time the mindset that dogs and cats have a limb they can spare in such cases really needs to end. How barbaric. How disgraceful.

    • It’s all well and good to say there needs to be another option but the reality is that when money is involved, amputation actually IS the only solution.
      Reconstructions are complicated processes, involving hours of work. And in any limb repair situation the biological requirements of it are different to humans which hinders healing. A great deal of effort and equipment is needed to stop a dog using a limb for the healing period when bones and tendons are involved to the extent in which amputation is an option. Simple procedures as luxating patella corrective surgeries are easy: it’s just one small area of a limb. But don’t associate this ease with the larger cases.
      There just is NO alternative to these complicated surgeries that fix the problem and aren’t expensive. Removing the problem and dealing with the result is the cheapest option, by far.

      It’s not that the veterinary community consider animals to have a surplus of limbs and deem it unimportant to remove one. In fact one of the hardest things to do as a vet is to be unable to help an animal to the best of one’s ability because of financial constraints. It is heart crushing when a devoted owner must put down their beloved pet because the fix is too expensive. It is also frustrating when the general public consider vets to be ‘barbaric’ for letting this to happen. Treatment costs money, and being a vet is a job and so it’s not possible to spend money on other’s pets and have no income for oneself.

      Please don’t state all vets are cruel because your opinion is that they simply won’t give people another option to amputation. There isn’t one that is economically viable, and sometimes just blatantly isn’t one. Your comment is very antagonistic and derogatory towards the veterinary community as a whole. Perhaps if you researched the options for the problems you mention, and talk to some local vets about the situation, you would see more of the issue than just the physical end results and understand the reasoning behind it.

      • But vets could give trusted customers–those who have been customers for a long time, and always pay their bills, etc.–some flexibility in terms of paying for the really expensive operations. Those customers can usually be trusted with a payment plan. For instance, while I might not be able to pay three thousand dollars for a procedure my dog needs, I might be able to do $500 a month for six months.

        I know medical care is expensive, whether for people or dogs, but vets who aren’t willing to do that, do seem to me to care more about the money than the animal, and that’s not the right position for a vet to take either. Yes, it’s a job, but it’s also a sacred trust.

  2. Veterinarians in this country are far too quick to amputate limbs and put animals down. Check out animalaidunlimited dot com

  3. Two things here:

    1. It’d be nice if the state of Kansas could be as kind to its struggling residents as it is to homeless residents’ dogs.

    2. “Katherine has been a journalist for over ten years. She has a B.A. and a Master Degree in Journalism. She specializes in online journalism, web content managing, web design, web analytics, social media, email marketing, SEO and social media.”

    Katherine needs editing classes, or, better yet, someone to edit her “Journalist, journalism” bio repetition.


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