Danville Express

Newsfront - August 17, 2007

Duke gets his bill paid

Danville donor steps forward to pay entire $2,089 veterinarian surgery tab

by Natalie O'Neill

Thirty-seven-year-old quadriplegic Ken Quilici and his chocolate lab Duke breathed a sigh of relief Monday.

A generous Danville resident stopped by Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center over the weekend to write a $2,089 check covering the entire cost of the dog's rare and expensive surgery after reading about it in the Danville Weekly last week.

The donor was a former Bishop Ranch client and asked to remain anonymous.

"All she cared about was relieving Ken's worries," said Tracey Quartaroli, spokeswoman for the Vet Center.

Quilici, who was laid off from his job selling medical supplies three weeks ago, could not afford to correct the dog's Laryngeal Paralysis, which made breathing feel like sucking air through a small straw.

Without corrective surgery for Duke, the two could not go on daily outings together, as getting excited meant risking getting overheated for the dog.

As of Tuesday, about $2,500 had been donated for Duke by 15 contributors. The leftover money will be credited to Duke's account for additional veterinary services.

"Duke is doing awesome," said a grateful Quilici, adding that he plans to send thank you notes to people who helped him financially.

"I'm so impressed with the generosity of this community," Quartaroli said.

To read the original story, visit www.DanvilleWeekly.com


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