REDFORD, Mich. (WXYZ) - A local dog that pulled heart strings across the country after it was put to sleep and later woke up has found a new home.
Mia, a ten year-old Rottweiler, is still suffering from a number of health problems, but she is receiving treatment. Mia's owner, Matt Olivarez, says hundreds of people reached out to him. A new owner has been found. This person wants to remain anonymous.
Matt says he's relieved that a new owner has stepped forward because he is going through a hard time financially and he was unable to afford the increasing costs of treatment.
Matt Olivarez had to do what every animal owner dreads – he had to put his dog to sleep. Now he may have to do it all over again.
Last Saturday, Matt took his 10-year-old Rottweiler, Mia, to the vet. Mia has spinal problems and is barely able to walk. Matt’s vet recommended the family dog be put down because nothing could be done to ease her pain.
Matt says he watched as his beloved Mia was given two shots. Moments later Mia closed her eyes and it appeared she was gone. Matt says the vet declared her deceased.
Because Mia is so important to his wife and two young children, Matt brought the dog home so the family could give her a burial. But the next morning Matt went into the garage where he put Mia’s body and she was awake.
Now Matt is faced with a gut-wrenching decision – does he go back to the vet and put the dog down again.
"What if I would have buried my dog alive? What if I would have cremated her and burned her alive? How do I explain to my kids I have to kill Mia twice?" said Olivarez.
Action News contacted the vet’s office where the procedure was performed. We were told there would be no comment until it could be verified that it was Mia that survived the shots.
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