My SIL purchased a dog this summer. It was a terrior type dog and she paid $500 and that was half-priced at that. Well last month the little dog slipped out of the house, ran into the street and was hit by a car. It was a miracle that he wasn't instantly killed. They took him to the vet immediately. The vet was able to treat him but it cost $1,500. My DH said if it had been our dog we would have just had it put to sleep. We only spent $50 on our dog from the Humane Society.