PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A veterinarian says a group aimed at rescuing animals still hasn't paid up.
Last year, a rescue group left a vet office in Burgaw with unpaid bills after workers conducted examines on dogs. Now, a year later, there are other offices who say they're in the same situation.
Taking care of dogs is what Dr. Joni Gnyp with the Rocky Point Animal Hospital loves to do -- it's her passion.
So last year, when she says folks with the group Seven Star Sanctuary and Rescue called and said they needed someone to check out 80 dogs they rescued from Columbus County, she couldn't turn them away.
"They brought in about 20 dogs about three days after we moved into our new facility," said Gnyp. "They gave us a deposit we felt was adequate to show they had good intensions and means to take care of the animals."
According to Gnyp, the dogs were only supposed to be there for 14 days. Some were adopted, but many of them stayed at the hospital.
Gnyp says Seven Star still owes around $18,000 dollars for taking care of the dogs.
"It affects us hugely," said Gnyp. "We had to revamp and rethink how we were going to deal with nonprofits."
Last year, WECT.com reported that the same rescue group owed Dr. Cynthia Burnett's office money, and there could be others.
"I feel they had good intensions," said Gnyp. "I always look at good in people. I think they were just trying to save the animals and didn't expect for there to be a domino effect."
Despite not receiving all the money owed, she says she would still do it all over again.
WECT.com called Seven Star, and a woman answered the phone. When we told her about the story we were doing, she said she did not know what we were talking about.