Yes- its called tracking down the parents of the irresponsible and abusive children or teenagers that shot your dog and demanding that they pay for medical treatment.
Generally, you can go to any vet and request the Care Credit plan, and they will see if you're eligible for it.
Report the person/s to animal control for animal cruelty, and track them down.
Here are low cost clinics in or around Seattle:
That is really tragic. Sorry to hear for your loss...
If it is a new law you need, there are a few things you should do. First, you should write a letter to your city and state representatives. You should write it out clearly and have a friend proof read it too.
is a good place.
It has been a while since I studied from my American Government Text Book, but as I understand it, all citizens have the right to petition new laws. When enough names are collected in a petition, it must be made available to vote on. In may vary from state to state how many names are needed, or when it takes place, but I would suggest you try:
You can write out your petition (again, have some one proof read.) and tell everyone you know about it. Have them sign, and have them tell people they know. (The most powerful form of advertising is word of mouth). You should also update your question here with a link to your petition so people who read this later can sign your petition.
When you have enough names you can then contact again your city and state representatives since they can still get new laws passed faster. With enough names it will also encourage action on their part since they of course want to stay in office.
However, depending on the way it is written, a new law passed may not be retroactive. The problem is that you can only be convicted of a crime if it was a crime when the act took place. So if the actions of the vet were legal at the time, a new law may not help your situation.
On the other hand, there are standards within every industry. If the Dog was strangled because the collar was left on when it should not have been and was not properly observed and cared for, and the death was clearly preventable, that vet is still responsible for what took place. A good lawyer can still make a case of Neglect. And a particularly emotional case certainly helps.
Also, if the situation was not life threatening before the visit to the vet, medical neglegence can be suggested as an excuse to not have to pay any bill, since services essentially were not rendered.
I would suggest you try to get a new law passed, if only to prevent others from having to go through this, and also talk to a lawyer to see if any case can be made as the laws are written now.
P.S. - Take photos, get written statements from anyone who evaluated the dog, save any contracts or any bills or any reciepts. No matter how insignificant it may seem. Many cases have failed in court for lack of evidence.