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Local Couple Starts Fundraiser to Help Ailing Dog

The Monrovia owners of a dog who suddenly developed an auto-immune disease have already raised more than $2,000 to help pay for her medical bills.

A local family has started a campaign to help pay for the medical bills of their ailing dog Harley, a 7-year-old dog who fell ill with an auto-immune disease on Christmas Eve.

Owners Billy Roach and Allison Levitan started a fundraising page on Give Forward and have already raised more than $2,000 of their $4,000 goal.

Friend Laurie Laughlin wrote in an email to Patch that the couple is struggling to pay for Harley's treatment and asked people to help.

"They have the cutest, sweetest dog in the world, and she's very sick," Laughlin wrote. "They're having trouble paying her medical bills, and that might mean Harley can't ever come home. No one, not humans or animals, should have to suffer because of money. Please donate to help Harley!"

Levitan updated the fundraising page on Thursday and said that vets told her that Harley could make a full recovery, but she's not out of the woods yet.

"Needless to say, we need help, and soon," Levitan wrote. "Our sweet puppy means the absolute world to us, and for all this to happen on Christmas eve is, as you can imagine, an absolute nightmare to be going through. I can barely bring myself to ask this, but if any of you can contribute it will make more of a difference than you realize. Please please, if you can give any money whatsoever this Christmas, any little bit will help. We have been told that she could make a full recovery and live a healthy happy normal life if she gets past this stage, and we are not ready to give up on her or lose her."

Ernie Dogs December 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Ernie is the CBO of Wonder Dog Ranch, a dog day care and boarding facility in Monrovia; he's very concerned about his neighbor dogs and wants to help Harley out. For anyone who gives more than $29, he'll give a certificate for a free day of day care for any dog currently enrolled, and for dogs who haven't yet enrolled, they'll get a free evaluation session in addition to the free day of dog day care. Visit www.WonderDogRanch.com for information about our facility and how to enroll, and contact us (626.205.2501 or 855.DOG.RANCH with your request for the "Harley Donation Certificate."
lola December 30, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I am so sorry to update all that earlier today, Harley took a turn for the worse. This is from Allison to all of you: " At 10:45 am today, we had to let our beautiful baby go. She left us with both Billy and I holding her and kissing her face and looking into her beautiful brown eyes. Thank you for all of your love and support during this sudden, terrible experience. I wish you all could have met her. ....Even though our fight is over, your donations have, besides warming our spirit throughout this awful, awful experience, will help us pay off some of the debt from trying to fight this. We certainly appreciate any further support, but understand that it is a very different situation now.I would love to be able to write something more peaceful or optimistic, but a week ago we had our dog at home, licking our faces and barking and running around, and now we will never see her again. She wasn't even 8 years old yet, and had never been sick with anything other than a tummyache her entire life. We had not even begun to picture a life without her yet. We are absolutely heartbroken.
Jill Pyeatt December 30, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I'm so very sorry you lost her. Please try to remember that you gave her a wonderful life.
Ernie Dogs December 30, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Our deepest sympathies to you, Billy and Allison. Our dogs are wonderful companions who occupy our hearts, and teach us lessons about life, love, and loss in a very special way. So sorry to hear about this sad development after hearing the hope and good wishes you had expressed. Harley will be forever in your hearts, grieve her loss and cherish her memory.

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