Update on Angela and Sheriff:
Angela gave me permission to post part of her email exchange with GARD during Sheriff’s illness. I’ve made it an image and removed her contact information for obvious reasons. There’s so much wrong in this email string I don’t know where to begin. (Again, emails are in reverse chronological order with most recent at the top.)
Focusing on specifics:
On Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 1:24 PM Kennel Manager <email@example.com> wrote:
No but stress triggers illness, we are very clear in our contract that we cannot gaurantee that puppies do not have any parasites because they can test negative then test positive when stressed. These puppies had a clear fecal test before adoption. We had them checked the week before adoption as we do all puppies. Their first fecal had rounds, hooks and giardia and they were very ill when they came in.
Stress does not cause parasitic infestation in dogs. That’s absurd. A puppy either has intestinal parasites or doesn’t. A false negative fecal can occur during deworming treatment but that does not mean the pup doesn’t have a parasitic infestation. After two months in GARD’s care one would expect deworming to be complete and worms aren’t even the freaking issue!
On Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 10:43 AM Kennel Manager <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Amy said she gave you his medical records, worming, dhpp, neuter and rabies. What more were you looking for? We are very sorry this happened, none of his other siblings are ill, I just checked on all of them.
Sometimes a puppy’s immune system isn’t as strong as it should be and they become ill…its called stress related illness and often happens when they’re moved into a new environment away from the other siblings.
We will issue you an adoption fee refund and pray that he does well and recovers quickly. Please let us know how he is doing and touch base on Monday.
Pneumonia so severe the pup’s lungs are solid white in X-rays most definitely is not a “stress” illness. A bit of diarrhea maybe but a lung infection requiring oxygen and IV antibiotics? How stupid does GARD think we are? This demonstrates pure ignorance. Or intentional deception. It’s hard to tell which.
Angela’s veterinarian confirmed Sheriff was sick while in GARD’s custody. Just how long we don’t know but pneumonia that severe doesn’t happen in four days.
On Jul 4, 2020, at 11:07 AM, Kennel Manager <email@example.com wrote:
Im not sure why you can’t go see him at the vets office, you should be able to stop by and visit him. If it were me I would ask to see him unless they’re not there because of it being a weekend.
Good grief. Haven’t these people heard of veterinary technicians? A veterinarian office doesn’t allow people to visit during off hours because the veterinary techs aren’t receptionists. They’re busy looking after the animals. This isn’t rocket science.
On Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 9:46 PM Kennel Manager <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
He had just been at the vets being neutered and they listen to theur geart and lungs as part of the procedure…do you think a vet would neuter a sick puppy? He spent 2 days at the vets and was perfectly fine on adoption day. Here he is on Sat right before he was adopted by you. He was clear eyed happy and healthy. The volunteer who oicked him uo from the vet said he barked all the way home and was full of energy.
Yeah, not a ringing endorsement for your veterinarians is it?
Sorry GARD but you have a major credibility deficit. Name the “volunteer.” Sheriff was no more “barking and full of energy” than I am Bill Gates. The puppy was sick and given the severity of my friend’s dog’s illness when we got him, you knew full well Sheriff was ill long before he got to
Petsmart Funky Junction1 on June 28, 2020.
Obi-Wan told me about a veterinary antibiotic used by crappy “rescues” to make ill dogs/puppies appear healthy for a brief period. During his investigation he learned the drug is commonly used to trick unsuspecting people into purchasing what they think is a healthy dog/pup, only to have that dog/pup crash and burn within hours of leaving the “rescue.” Sound familiar?
I’d give a lot to peek into your cabinets. I’ve bet Obi-Wan $5 you have a goodly supply of that drug. He says it’s a sucker bet but still. . ..
- 08/25/2020: Angela got Sheriff at Funky Junction, not Petsmart, on June 28th. Mea culpa.