Dog had wrong leg amputated in vet blunder that left one-legged owner fuming

A dog owner was left devastated after he discovered vets had amputated the wrong leg of his beloved Jack Russell.

Steve Scarlett said his dog Muni broke her right hind leg after falling out of a parked car in April.

He immediately took her to the vet in Mission Beach in Queensland in April, where medics immediately operated.

Staff at the veterinary clinic accidentally removed the left leg, not the broken right leg.

The vet apologised and tried to save Muni’s broken right leg by pinning it and placing it in a case, but the nine-month-old puppy still struggles to walk.



Mr Scarlett told 7News his “immediate reaction was rage” upon learning of his beloved Jack Russell’s fate.

He was later offered a $5,000 settlement from his insurance company, along with a statement from the company.



Dog had wrong leg amputated in vet blunder that left one-legged owner fuming

It read: “While this might sound harsh, legally you are only entitled to the reasonable costs of Muni’s treatment and/or the cost of purchasing a replacement dog if treatment costs are higher.”

Mr Scarlett branded the offer “insulting” and said family pets are “not commodities.”

He added: “They’re not just a buy-able and sell-able thing.”



Dog had wrong leg amputated in vet blunder that left one-legged owner fuming

Muni’s leg was amputated just weeks after the 52-year-old had his own leg amputated when he was involved in a horror motorcycling accident.

Despite only have three legs, Mr Scarlett was assured Muni would live a long and fruitful life.

The insurer said Mr Scarlett demanded a seven-figure sum for Muni’s botched amputation.

Mr Scarlett has started a GoFundMe to raise money for a prosthetic leg for Muni, which can cost in excess of $60,000, and the fundraiser has received more than $26,000 in donations.

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