San Tan Valley burger joint gives final meal for free to dying dog

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ - An extremely emotional day for a San Tan Valley woman was made a little bit brighter after the manager of a local burger joint showed her some compassion after learning about her dying pup.

Cat Goldman says she went through the drive-thru of Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, off of Hunt Highway and Gary Road, Tuesday afternoon to pick up one final treat for Toby, a dog that she was fostering but had to euthanize the following day.

Goldman says she asked if they had a “dollar menu,” the employee responded that the cheapest meal they have available is a kid's combo, to which Goldman explained she didn’t need because it’s for her dog that she has to put down.

“I got to the window, and the cashier said his manager overheard me and waived the bill,” Goldman said. 

Goldman had been fostering Toby for two months because his previous owners wanted to take him to the pound.

“He would have been immediately euthanized because he had disseminated valley fever and they hadn’t been treating him with medication,” Goldman said. “We wanted to see if the medication would be able to pull him out enough to have a steady life, but the valley fever just ravaged his body.” 

Goldman describes Toby as being a silly, giant lap dog, who loved chasing after his laser pointer and his ball in the yard. 

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