The Martinez family had done everything right when it came to taking care of their beloved dog Kayla. They spayed her, kept her up to date on her shots, and treated her as one of the family. But all the planning in the world can't stop a freak accident, and when Kayla injured herself on a stake while playing in their backyard, the Martinezes had to make a heart-wrenching choice.
The family couldn't afford the emergency surgery needed to close the gaping hole in Kayla's chest. Desperate, they tried to treat the wound at home. When it wouldn't heal, they knew their only choice was to take her to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to get her euthanized. What followed is a scene so moving, the SPCA workers could never forget it.
"I gave her a huge hug and told her I was so sorry I was poor and I hoped she could forgive me," Frank Martinez said. "And then she got off and they took her around the corner, and that was the last I'd seen of her."
The Martinezes thought it was done. They spent the next two weeks mourning for their pet. "We were crying constantly," Frank's wife Francine said. "Everywhere I looked, I would imagine her being there."
Last Friday, the family got a call from the SPCA. Frank's goodbye was so touching, the staff at the SPCA couldn't bear to put Kayla down, and had performed the surgery free of charge. Kayla was alive. It was unbelievable. It was, to the Martinezes nothing short of a miracle.
When the family went to pick up Kayla, she was healthy, alert, and seemingly ecstatic to see her loved ones. Frank and Francine couldn't contain their tears. A simple act of kindness had brought their dog back from the dead.
The Fresno SPCA where Kayla was saved recently severed ties with the city, under claims that the organization didn't do enough to save animal lives. Beth Caffrey, a member of the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that couldn't be more untrue, and the decision to operate on Kayla wasn't one they took lightly. After all, she had come from a loving home, a responsible home, and that love ultimately gave Kayla a chance at a second life.