NEW INFO: Cat Held "Hostage" Now Home With Owner

Butter the cat is now home with its owner--thanks to generous donations that paid for the feline's care.

The cat was forced to stay at a Pender County veterinary hospital until $700 was paid for the cat's care.

WECT-TV reported that the owners took their cat to Burnett Veterinary Hospital in Burgaw last week for an emergency urinary tract procedure. Cat owner Rhonda Blackburn signed a promise to pay when she came to claim her pet named Butter.

Veterinarian Cynthia Burnett told Blackburn the bill could be between $500 and $700. The total came to $690.

Blackburn tried to pick up Butter with a $200 payment, but the hospital refused to release him.

The veterinarian says it's something that happens three or four times a week. Burnett says her small business has had more than $30,000 in unpaid bills this year.

After the story aired, generous members of the community donated the money to pay for Butter's vet bill.

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  • by wow Location: Enc on Feb 25, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    i get the hint your not posting any of my comments so I will just go to another site that has less bias good bye to you and the grammar nazis
  • by To Audra Location: enc on Feb 3, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    Maybe it means that Butter's owner wanted her home more than human patient's families want them! LOL!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 30, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    I'm not even going to try to read the mass of posts in this thread... it's too much. lol Someone may have already said this but, I think it's funny because if you couldn't pay a hospital bill they wouldn't hold you hostage. They'd throw you out. Why? Because caring for you costs money. So they kept the cat and continued to cost themselves more. Interesting. It just makes me laugh.
  • by Neo w/A reminder from Reality Location: Reality on Jan 3, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    You know "US-Fruit", you make a good point. We do tend to look for the most unblemished fruits when we do our shopping. I have learned through the years that blemished fruit normally tastes just like the less blemished ones. I can also take Becky's point, I have seen some shiny, beautiful apples that were rotten to the core. I have never, in all my years of produce shopping, found a perfect fruit or vegatable. I can find a blemish or a flaw in the shape of every piece of fruit and vegatable in every market in the whole world. The only perfect fruits and vegatables I have ever seen are fake variety, made of plastic. They are just an illusion, just as your self-proclaimed spotlessness is. You are a poser, just as anyone who claims to have never committed a crime is. See ya plastic grapefruit. Becky was not referring to this other lady you have mentioned. I'm sure she was making the point that they chose Mr Peaden and never drafted the phony perfect "US-Fruit" for the position.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Dec 29, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    "Neo"- Student will learn from his mistakes and move on. How dare you insist he be correct, accurate or perfect in his opinion of this or any issue. Perhaps he can even run the school board one day. :-)
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Dec 27, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    This story has been blown out of proportion. It is terrible to have a sick pet any time of year not just christmas. Taking care of pets costs money for not only the pet owner but the Veterinarian. Emergency Vets have greater expenses than daytime clinics as they have to pay people more to work terrible shifts. While everyone was spending time with their family xmas there were veterinarians, technicians, and other staff at work caring for the sick animals because illness does not stop for xmas. If you want to have somewhere to take your pet when they are sick then expect to pay your bill because if they vet does not get paid they can not afford to live the clinic goes out of business and no more e clinic close by for your pets. Even if the vet accepted the $200 it would not cover the vets expenses, and they would probably never see the other $500. Sueing does not always end in getting your money and the time and cost of the process is rediculous. Pay utilities or they will be shut off
  • by Yeah on Dec 27, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    "Sick of.." talks some big talk, but I doubt he would walk the walk, like most people who post on Clearly, it doesn't really matter what you would do if you were a vet, because you're not. You're more than likely a construction worker, that happens to be out of work. I showed a friend of mine, who happens to actually be a vet, and she agreed that holding the cat until paymet was received was more than unnecessary, and a fine example of d-baggary. Shady business practices, I think so, at least according to a vet that actually cares about her clients.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 26, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    "Student", if you ran a business, you would run it into the ground. Businesses can't survive by taking promises to pay when the promises won't be fulfilled most of the time. When you get behind on rent, you'll catch it up because you don't want to get thrown out. Once this deadbeat had gotten her cat back, the bill would have been irrelevant to her. Grow up, get some real life experience and learn something before ever getting into a business or just go to work for the government, they don't have to be intelligent in the decisions they make.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    To doglover...You said you are still paying the bill for your dogs care. Do they still have your dog waiting for you to finish paying the bill...I bet not...They gave you your dog and you are paying the bill. She offered to pay $200 then and I am sure she would have paid the rest just like you have done. If you had taken your dog to this vet would you have been able to pay the whole bill that day or would your dog still be there?
  • by Student Location: Greenville on Dec 26, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    Seriously, she tried to pay what she could...hospitals, apartment complexes, etc. can hound you with bill collectors, why can't a vet do the same? No freaking need to not let her take her pet home. At least she cared enough for her animal to take it to the vet in the first place, so she obviously loved it. Most people just let them die or have them euthanized when they can't afford medical care for them. I'm glad her community stepped up to help.

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