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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-21-2014, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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W. Virginia Seizure

Anyone here read about the seizure of over 80 dogs in W. Virginia?
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I did. I find it terribly sad that someone who was a well known dog breeder and judge (according to what I've read) ended up doing this. Seeing those poor dogs in the crates and hearing about the conditions is heartbreaking.
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I'm really upset about this. We got Benny from there (Benny is a little over 8 months old). I did LOTS of research on Liz. I discussed her as a breeder with other members on this site. My husband and I even picked up a book about Havanese dogs from Barnes and Noble and she was listed on page 5 of a published book discussing how she brought Havanese puppies into the United States.

Liz always encouraged us to come visit the puppies, and would not let us pick up Benny until he was 11 weeks old. He's had no health issues (knock on wood) and has the best personality with the sweetest disposition. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to visit the puppies prior to picking up Benny because we left on our honeymoon, then had to travel to a friends wedding so the timing was off (but Liz always encouraged us to make a trip if possible).

I feel terrible that the other dogs lived like that and am glad we have our Benny and are giving him the best home ever, but I can't believe this all. I feel duped. Of course I wouldn't trade Benny in for the world, but I did everything I could to get the best dog possible from a reputable breeder and can't believe this happened.

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On another note, I feel as though I should question his AKC paperwork, his parents CERF tests, even his birthday and first shots. Such a shame.

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What an extremely heartbreaking story... I wonder why no one intervened? The breeder must have felt uncomfortable asking anyone for help. Very sad…Hoping that they find wonderful loving homes for all those precious little ones. Your little Benny is darling.

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What a tragic story. This is why I believe it is very important to visit a breeder in-person so you can assess the type of environment your puppy is being raised in. This is crucial; especially when a breeder's website does not include detailed info about the dam & sire or verifiable health screening data (OFA or CHIC). I just checked out the Destiny Havanese website and there are a few red flags. I just hope the seized puppies get proper care and the love they deserve, and are put up for adoption once the investigation is complete.

Jeanne and Emmie

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I just now saw the video. There is no excuse for this, and no defending it, even though some are trying. This is simply the lowest of the low, regardless of what mental state the person was/is in. Surely someone else knew about this. It didn't happen over a short period of time.
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The breeder website said there is also a partner.

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Recently in my state a seizure took place with well respected australian cattle dog breeder. My training bud got her dog from there. She is just sick about it. She said she thought she had done all her homework and research. Turns out the majority of the breeding dogs were kept at another location. In live animals all we have is our reputation and word. It's terrible when someone violates that trust.
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Oh wow, that is absolutely shocking. Yes, a couple red flags on the site, but, I can see how it would give the impression of being very legit particularly if the woman was involved in the show scene. Wow. Really sorry for all those dogs.

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