Jennifer Lane and Zara, her pet Pomeranian, went to visit Echo Park Lake on Sunday for their first walk in the park since it reopened. But the visit to the park turned into a bloody and costly mess when a loose pit bull pounced on Zara in the northeast corner of the park, leaving the 15-pound dog with a broken lower jaw and multiple bite wounds and Lane with a veterinarian bill that has so far reached an estimated $3,000 and is expected to keep rising.
Now, Lane, a Silver Lake resident who works for the Department of Homeland Security, is seeking donations to help defray the costs of those bills.
“In these difficult financial times, I am struggling with trying to maintain my dog’s health and quality of life,” said Lane. “Her medical bills are expensive and vet care needs to be paid upfront, unlike a hospital ER, which can be billed. She will need subsequent care and more dental work to correct the damage done. She will need to have dental surgery to remove the fractured teeth the pit bull destroyed, so this ordeal is still not over.”
Lane said she holds the owner of the pit bull – not the animal – responsible for not knowing “how to properly control and handle his dog.”
“At the end of the day, it’s not the dog’s fault; it’s the people that own the dog. I don’t want anyone else to experience this horrific event.”
Lane has set up an online fundraiser to cover Zara’s $3,000 medical bill.