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I was lied to about my dog... is there anything I can do?

Posted by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 6:58 PM
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I spoke to a woman via telephone and email about a dog she had.  I asked a lot of questions. I asked about the dog's age, tempermant and his history. She didn't ask me much about myself...  which should have been a red flag.

She claims to run a shelter. My husband drove down there to pick up the dog and said there were 3 dogs to a kennel and the place was rather dirty.  The woman also told him she can't give one dog attention because the other would attack it.  WTF?

My husband shouldn't have picked up the dog....  but he did.  The woman said the dog was 2. She said he was microchipped. She said he was good with kids and potty trained. She said he was little shy around strangers at first...  but warms up in time and is fine.

The dog came into my home on sunday.  He was terrified....  he prefers to just lay in his kennel...  he doesn't sniff you or anything....  he shakes in fear. He runs away from people and searches for the smallest place possible to hide in. If you bring him outside he tries to hide...   You can pick him up and the shaking with subside after awhile...  but he will just lay there.. like he is afraid to move.

He is not house broken... he pees freely...   he won't go outside to pee... he is to afraid,... he doesn't go on paper....   though he doesn't pee in his crate.

I brought him to the vet today... the vet said based on his teeth and other factors he estimates his age to be 5. He also said there is no microchip.

The vet also believes the dog has spent most of his life locked in a kennel with little human contact. While the dog did let him do the exam without aggression..  he will nip out of fear.

I emailed the woman and she claimed to have had hm in her house all winter and he used a doggie door... and she can't believe he would act like this with me.

She also said she would take him back...  but I don't feel comfortable sending him back to that hell hole.

He needs antibiotics and worm treatment....  

I don't know what to do.  I am in tears...  something horrible happened to this poor dog...   he doesn't act like a dog...  he is miserable and terrified of the world...  I don't think I am capable of "fixing" him.   I also have 3 kids....   I just don't know what to do.

by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 6:58 PM
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momofboys631
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:01 PM

You should ask your vet what the best way to go about helping this dog is. I agree with not sending him back to the hell hole. Sounds terrible! If the dog is aggressive towrads you or any family members during feeding such as trying to snap if you touch the food I think trying to change the dog in the home with 3 children is a bad idea and probably should be given up. Otherwise just give it lots of love and attention. Show it that it can trust your family.

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myfoursonsks
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:01 PM

You could take her to court and get your money back (if you paid) and she would have to take him back, but it sounds like a place he doesn't need to go back to.  I would either give him some time and see how it turns out or I would look for a nice person that is willing to work with him through this.

norasmama
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:02 PM

i'd call the local humaine society, and tell them you think she is mistreating her animals.

Mom_to_Owen
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:02 PM

I think a dog is considered "property" and unless you signed anything is considered "as-is"  However- I dont think I could bring the dog back to the lady.  She obviously runs a puppy mill and is a poor excuse for  a dog owner.  I would talk to your vet about your concerns and see if they have any referrals for training.  How much work are you willing to put in to the dog? 

If nothing else- contact a rescue organization and tell them your situation.  They may take the dog from you and work with it to rehome the dog.

Dont beat yourself up if you cant deal with the special needs dog- just dont give it back to the original owner.  What type of dog is it?

CoUrtNEyLeE
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:02 PM

You need to turn her in for animal abuse!

Kerfuffle
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:05 PM


Quoting CoUrtNEyLeE:

You need to turn her in for animal abuse!


Missouri is the puppy mill capital of the US....  as I have come to find out.  The don't require breeders to be licensed....  not even shelters....  they have so many problems...

When my husband went down there... he stopped at a gas station and told the clerk he was picking up and dog... they asked from where and he told them...  they said the place was a shit hole and the lady was whacked.   I am sure it has been reported before. I was going to call the local police station down there anyway....   I doubt much will be done....

 

myfoursonsks
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:07 PM

When I was growing up, my friend's dad got busted for a puppy mill....in Missouri.

Quoting Kerfuffle:

 

Quoting CoUrtNEyLeE:

You need to turn her in for animal abuse!


Missouri is the puppy mill capital of the US....  as I have come to find out.  The don't require breeders to be licensed....  not even shelters....  they have so many problems...

When my husband went down there... he stopped at a gas station and told the clerk he was picking up and dog... they asked from where and he told them...  they said the place was a shit hole and the lady was whacked.   I am sure it has been reported before. I was going to call the local police station down there anyway....   I doubt much will be done....

 


Kerfuffle
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:08 PM


Quoting Mom_to_Owen:

I think a dog is considered "property" and unless you signed anything is considered "as-is"  However- I dont think I could bring the dog back to the lady.  She obviously runs a puppy mill and is a poor excuse for  a dog owner.  I would talk to your vet about your concerns and see if they have any referrals for training.  How much work are you willing to put in to the dog? 

If nothing else- contact a rescue organization and tell them your situation.  They may take the dog from you and work with it to rehome the dog.

Dont beat yourself up if you cant deal with the special needs dog- just dont give it back to the original owner.  What type of dog is it?

He is a chihuahua pug mix. He was the only one of that kind at the place... she have many dogs.... and many are listed on petfinder (how I found this dog).

I was thinking not much could be done legally....   but she did lie to me about the dog.

I have called our local humane society (nebraska) and left a message with their behavioral specialist... hopefully they may be able to give me some ideas...

I just don't think I have the ability to give this dog what he needs. I would love to keep him...  I feel so terrible... someone really hurt this dog.... He needs to learn how to be a dog...he needs to learn to trust....    I am not sure I can do this....

Little_bug
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:08 PM

do you still have the e-mails?  I would report her to the police and ASPCA, you may be able to file a small claims lawsuit

Dspahni
by on Aug. 25, 2009 at 7:10 PM

there are special places where you can take a dog like that to get it rehabilitated. It costs a little but its worth it to not have to give it back to the owner.  Trying to help a dog in need that doesnt know any better is pointless. It sounds as if the dog has been beaten, or treated horribly, probably fed some crappy ass food, and given no attention. if you can find it in your heart to help the little guy then its all worth it. Dogs like that are the reason so many are put to sleep. I dont blame the dog. I blame the human who was suppost to take care of the dog. I'd probably slap her silly but then would end up in jail. But you can report her to the local SPCA and they will go out and investigate. My advice would be to just try to get the dog rehabilitated and the dog will eventually thank you for saving its life. Dogs are aware of when they have been saved and I think yours is just too timid to do so now, but it will work out.  Best of luck

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