Family Thinks Senior Dog Was Euthanized, But It Wasn't True

Posted by Krissy Howard

A New Jersey family was shocked to discover that the senior dog they believed was euthanized has actually been living with a vet tech for the past five months. 

Losing a pet is never easy, and grieving over such as loss can take a toll on a family, no matter how much time one has had to prepare. One family had to mourn the loss of their beloved dog Caesar twice after learning that, despite what their veterinarian told them, their dog was not humanely euthanized, but instead sent home to live with a vet tech from the office.

"I'm dumbfounded. I don't even know how to say, I don't know how to feel," Caesar's owner, Lonnie Levy said in an interview with ABC 13. The family was also charged $192 for the medical and cremation services by the veterinary practice, and received a note from the doctor expressing his sympathy for their loss.

Caesar's whereabouts were made known to the family after receiving a call from an undisclosed person informing them that their dog was still alive. Once confronted by local police, the vet tech was forced to return the dog to his former family but was reportedly so ill at that point that he needed to be euthanized immediately.


Theft of service charges may be filed against the veterinarian for failing to perform an agreed-upon service despite taking his clients' money. ABC 13 reported that the doctor and vet tech responsible are no longer working at the clinic Caesar was brought to. The doctor has yet to make a statement about the ordeal, explaining his reasoning for allowing the dog to go home with the technician.

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Family Thinks Senior Dog Was Euthanized, But It Wasn't True