Saltillo veterinarian offers to give Bad Boy free care

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

DORSEY – The little dog who befriended a special-needs teen will receive a lifetime of free medical care thanks to a Saltillo veterinarian.
Dr. Bill McMillan, of the McMillan & Cunningham Small Animal Hospital and Equine Center, treated the sick Chihuahua on Tuesday and said he’d continue treating the animal as long as he lives – all at no cost.
“I’m not going to let him go untreated,” McMillan said. “We can’t do this for everybody, but we can in some cases, and I’m glad to do it.”
The 3-year-old Chihuahua, named Bad Boy, belongs to the Wright family of Dorsey and is the only friend of their special-needs son, Billy. The two are inseparable, said Billy’s mother, Raygenna Wright.
In April, the family tried to have Bad Boy neutered but were told he had a severe heart murmur. He couldn’t undergo the surgery. He’d also need special care or risk dying in six months, leaving Billy without a friend.
But the Wrights are on a fixed income and can’t afford regular vet visits, much less special treatment. A story in Saturday’s Daily Journal highlighted their plight, and since then, dozens of residents have donated money toward his treatment.
Then McMillan called and said he’d do it for free.
“It’s just been tremendous what everybody has done because if it hadn’t been for the people wanting to help him, he wouldn’t have no life in six months,” said Raygenna Wright.
Wright said her son also has been overwhelmed.
“He said, ‘Mama, I didn’t think people would do things like this,’” she recalled. “It done him good to see that people would want to help.”
McMillan said Bad Boy will require a lifetime of blood pressure and heart medicines. Their cost is minimal, he said, but he will not charge the family for it.
He also asked that the money raised through the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society’s Bad Boy fund go to the family for any other needs they might have.
At least $120 had been raised, said TLHS Director Debbie Hood.
“Our phone rang off the hook,” she said.

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.