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Giving Back One Pet At A Time

PITTSTON —  Newswatch 16 reports on a lot of animal cruelty and abuse stories. They always get a lot of reaction from viewers.

On Thursday, Newswatch 16 talked with a veterinarian in Pittston who helps nurse animals back to good health and he does it all for free.

Giving Jack a shot is pretty painful but it’s nothing compared to the pain he suffered over the last few weeks. The nonprofit organization One Dog at a Time brought the dog to Dr. Inayat Kathio in Pittston all the way from State College.

“Most likely he was hit by a car, and when I operated on him, the surgery took about three hours,” Dr. Kathio said.

Jack came to Dr. Kathio’s office with a broken leg and a bunch of other problems.

The surgery Dr. Kathio performed would normally cost $7,000 but he did it for free.

“It is a very satisfying thing that I helped somebody, I made a difference in life to somebody or to the community.”

Dr. Kathio works for free on animals throughout the area for owners who can’t afford expensive surgeries and on victims of animal abuse and cruelty.

When he’s done with the dogs that come from One Dog at a Time, the dogs go back to the charity which then finds them homes.

“I just love how he helps them, you know? If no one else would have helped him, what would have happened?” said veterinarian assistant Lauren Polinski.

So why does he do it?

Dr. Kathio is from Pakistan and didn’t have much growing up. Now he’s giving back for all those who have given to him.

“It is very much satisfying. i am intoxicated with doing the charitable work for the community.”

And Jack is paying Dr. Kathio and his assistant back, one lick at a time.


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