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Ambulance service seeks donations for vet bills

An ambulance company is seeking donations to pay for thousands of dollars in veterinary bills for a dog hit by one of its ambulances in Sharpsburg.

Jesse, a 1-year-old black lab that escaped from her owner’s back yard, was struck by a Seneca Area Emergency Services ambulance headed to a call Sept. 15 in Etna.

The ambulance workers hauled the dog, with a full morphine drip, to a veterinary hospital in Castle Shannon. The bills from the ambulance, surgery and veterinary hospital stay totaled more than $4,000, said Mary Kovac, an EMT with Seneca Area, which services Etna, Sharpsburg and Indiana Township.

Seneca Area paid the bills, which probably saved Jesse’s life, said the dog’s owner, Mary Brokew.

Otherwise, she might have had to put Jesse to sleep because she couldn’t afford the bills.

“I was so grateful to them,” said Brokew, of Main Street, Sharpsburg. The ambulance service, however, would like some help covering the costs. To make a donation, send a check payable to Seneca Area Emergency Services and send it to The Jesse Fund, Seneca Area Emergency Services, 1885 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15215.

Brokew said she thought her dog was safe in her fenced-in back yard when she went out for an appointment the day Jesse was struck.

“I thought she was all secure in there. I guess she had other ideas,” Brokew said.

The pup, which Brokew had just brought home the week before, dug a hole underneath the fence into her neighbor’s yard and found her way onto Main Street and into the path of the oncoming ambulance.

Since coming home, Jesse has been recovering nicely and learning to use her front paws to drag her hind quarters.

Though she still must take pain-killers and must stay away from vigorous exercise for months, Jesse’s prognosis is positive.

“She’s really happy being home,” Brokew said. “She’s happy just seeing everybody.”


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