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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-22-2008, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Puppy store saga continues (bad news)

If you missed the original thread, here is a link: http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=5292

I had a hair appointment the other day and my stylist is her usual chatty, cheerful self and starts telling me about her new puppy. Obviously, I'm curious and I know that she has been wanting to add a dog to her home for a while. She started to say, "I saw him at the puppy store..." and I groaned and covered my face with my hands. "You did NOT!" The owner of the salon mutters, "I told you so..."

On Monday, she went over to the puppy store and held every puppy in the shop and was smitten with a barely two-month old Chihuahua. She ended up paying one of the higher prices for him, so the shop threw in a bunch of supplies for "free." She took him home and was so excited to have him with her. He woke her up in the night vomiting, moaning and then went lethargic on her. She called the owner first thing in the morning and they asked her to NOT take him to the vet but to bring him back so they could give him some meds and observe him. He was still there during the time I spoke to her on Wednesday and she asked me to go back with her after work on Thursday to get her money back. (She had a contract that said she could get her money back within 15 days, but she had returned him in less than 24 hours of having him.)

I wasn't able to go at the time she could go, so she took a friend. She called me last night, thoroughly upset. The puppy was dead! (They claim he had a neck or back injury.) She is so outraged, and even though she got her money back, she wants to do something about this and file a complaint. I'm going to call the city today and see what we can do.

Isn't that awful? It's probably a good thing, because it may help get them shut down faster. We'll see. The bad thing is that the vet refuses to disclose information to her, even though she has all the papers of being his owner when he died. They said that since she wasn't the one to bring him in, they can't tell her anything. I have a suspicion that he had Parvo. I'm going to suggest that she throw the crate and bedding away. (She's going to adopt from the shelter this time.)

That's the latest. Apparently, this is going to be an ongoing saga for a bit.
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That is just heartbreaking.
I guess we should have shown up and protested after all. They need to be shut down.

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That is terrible news. It makes me angry to see that they tried to blame it on an injury, which no doubt they are claiming occurred after she bought the pup. How many puppies do they have in the store, Kimberly? Ugh..it just makes me sick.

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Kimberly this is so sad, I hope you guys find a way to shut that place down.

Remember the 90 dogs rescued I started a thread about, the woman is on trial today. I have been on pins and needles checking the online papers to see what happens to her.

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It does sound like parvo. So sad. I'm sorry for your friend having to go through this, but if there is an investigation, the vet will HAVE to give the info to the police or whoever investigates the puppy store. Ug.... HORRIBLE!!
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How many puppies do they have in the store, Kimberly? Ugh..it just makes me sick.
The number changes all the time. They really are selling a LOT of puppies! I have been avoiding the place because they recognized me after my first three visits, but during those times they had as few as 3 and as many as 9 that were out in the open. They did tell me that there were more in quarantine due to illnesses.

I believe they get two shipments of puppies a week, so there is a large number of pups being turned over.

Leeann, I'll be curious to find out what she gets.
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Kimberly that is a horrible story and unfortunately not too dissimilar from others I've heard over the years. I wish people would get that they're buying an absolutely adorable "pig in a poke" when they shop the puppy stores. That poor little baby. God bless him.

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this is so sad. If there is anything we can do to help...sign a petition, make harassing phone calls... just let me know. I could say I'm calling from Frontline (the doc series not the flea meds) and that we are doing a story on the multi-billion dollar pet industry...




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These stories make me mad!!!! How about if your stylist wrote a letter to the editor? She needs to tell every client, every person she meets, etc because it is these first hand stories that will change people's thought process.
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That is soooo sad! I really hope there is a 'good' outcome to this. Just horrible!

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