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Lemon law can't take the bite out of buying a sick dog : The Mo...

There are 15 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 11, 2007, titled Lemon law can't take the bite out of buying a sick dog : The Mo.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

All Colleen Shelly wanted was a companion for her 2-year-old boxer. What she got was a seriously ill puppy and a harsh lesson on the pitfalls of buying a dog on impulse.

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Janet Slifer

United States

#2 Mar 11, 2007
Adopt a rescued dog.

Allentown, PA

#3 Mar 11, 2007
The article mentions doing your homework and researching the breeder. These are critical issues before you get a pet. Homework includes such questions as
* Why do you want a dog?
* Who will care for the dog?
* Who will train the dog in basic house manners?
* What breed do you want?
* Learn about the breed.

Then find a breeder or a breed rescue. Don't buy from pet stores, pet brokers, puppy farms, and be careful about buying through newspaper ads. Visit the breeder, get references to other buyers and contact them. A good breeder will ask you many questions about your plans for the puppy and will agree to take the dog back if you can't keep it for whatever reasons.

If you're willing to take an older dog rather than a baby puppy, local shelters and breed rescues are the ideal place to find a great companion animal.

Allentown, PA

#4 Mar 12, 2007
You can't even really rely on information published about breeders and kennels. If you
look at the kennel information published by the
morning call, the reports given show satisfactory
for kennels that "Everyone in the business" knows
are terrible!
Amanda Nelson


#5 Mar 12, 2007
The problem sounds like the vets also are charging astronomical prices. If I took my child to the doctor with pnuemonia and I was charged over a thousand dollars for antibiotics and medicine I would be irrate. And yes, I have been fine one day and sick with walking pnuemonia the next.
This bill will not change these cases. It will penalize all breeders and that is the hidden agenda that the reporter is supporting. Does the public want to give the SPCAs the power to come in and confiscate their animals with no due process of law and then adopt them out? In my area it is $200 for an adult purebred and they will certainly get sympathy donations in addition to larger fees with their "horror" stories.
I wish the articles were less drama and more facts.

Allentown, PA

#6 Mar 12, 2007
Gee Amanda it's sounds like you must be a breeder.
If the animals weren't sick to begin with, then the vets expenses wouldn't even be an issue. Try making a point that makes sense. This bill is long overdue. If it weren't for groups like the SPCA looking out for animals I couldn't imagine what breeders would be trying to get away with for money. Get a real job! I look at people who breed and sell puppies as lower than pond scum.
George Burke

United States

#7 Mar 12, 2007
My daughter bought a puppy from Wentz Canine a few months ago, and within 24 hours, it was in Lehigh Valley Animal Hospital. It's condition got so bad that they transferred it to another pet hospital for the weekend, and then back to LV Animal Hospital. My bills were around $2500, not to mention all of my daughter's anxiety. We immediately contacted Wentz Canine and they said there was nothing they could do other than refund our purchase price. Obviously, they sold us a sick dog, but they refused to pay any of the vet bills. They should not be allowed to stay in business operating this fraudulently.


#8 Mar 13, 2007
i agree with amanda 100%. im not a vet but i know they are over charging. they only want money they dont care about the puppies or other animals as long as they get their money. i bought 2 dogs from wentz canine and they are perfect. they are one year apart and wonderful. when you walk into wentz's store, you will smell the cleaniness of the place and all the puppies are happy and playful. they are always happy to greet people along with the store mascot, the bulldog. a friend of mine bought a dog from the whitehall store and the dog died one week later they reimbursed nothing. at least at wentz's they pay most of the money back at least whateer you pay for one of the puppies there. i refer all my friends to wentz and they all bought dogs there. yeah, one or two them got sick but wentz held his word and riembursed for the meds and the dog recovered completely with no complications. my firend was thrilled that she got her money back from the vet bills. she recieved the refund pretty quickly. she was surprised and she is thinking of getting another dog in a couple months when she pays off the dog. wentz canine is the only place i trust to buy all my dogs from i will not go anywhere else.

San Jose, CA

#9 Mar 14, 2007
Janet Slifer wrote:
Adopt a rescued dog.
Excellent point! Well said!

Allentown, PA

#10 Mar 14, 2007
Well Ben people like you are who feed need for the puppy mills that Pennsylvania is so know for. Way to boost the economy


#11 Mar 14, 2007
kristin, buy a dog from the pound, i bet you 5 days later it will be sick. you going to blame the shelter for "selling" you a sick dog? a puppy is just like a child. the child gets up to date on shots every couple months to prevent getting ill. the child gets ill one day after the recent shots. you going to sue the doctor for making your child sick? you can't. it is nature. puppies are the same way. it's the owners responsibilty to keep the puppies healthy and active. also, no i dont support mill puppies, i trust that wentz's know the breeders and is good standing with them constantly. they always have beautiful dogs in there and if a puppy is ill, they isolate them in a different room. the other pet stores support mill puppies anyway. go to the other stores look at their set up. go to wentz's its a heck a lot better than anyone i have seen. the puppies are actually happy there and active. at other stores, they are by themselves locked up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, till they go home.
Dog Lover

Macungie, PA

#12 Jul 17, 2007
I haven't come across a pet store that doesn't buy from despicable puppy mills. Just google Wentz Canine there are many interesting experiences out there.

Note the URL below states "Everything on this and all Terry Bain websites (unless otherwise noted), including all text and images, is licensed for your use via Creative Commons License."

animal right

Emmaus, PA

#13 Sep 20, 2007
Steigerwalt wrote:
You always have a few days to take the dog back and get your money back. I use the following test:
1. As soon as your home with the dog for for a walk in a straight line for about 2 or 3 miles.
2. Put the dog in the car and drive to the same 3 mile spot and push the dog out of the car. Go home and watch some TV.
3. If the dog come home by itself its a good one.
If these people would have done my test they would not have sick dogs to deal with.
abandoning an animal is NOT gonna make the problem better. it makes you guilty of neglect and abuse.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Jul 23, 2008
I purchased a puppy from Christi & Codi Harmon 7/19/08 in Lebanon Mo. What I got was a puppy with Parvo and Girdia it is my opinion that they are running a puppy mill PLEASE Google Christi Harmon and read all the fourms @ got ripped off .com it is shocking these people must be stopped If you or someone you know has purchased a sick dog from the Harmons in Lebanon Mo. please contact me there are actions we can take.
[email protected]

Jackson, NJ

#15 Aug 20, 2008
I am presently helping a member of my group regarding the Lemon Law.
Most States involved the Breeder must say the pup has all shots and is healthy. Her state has just passed legislation which states Breeding History must be given. We are particularly interested in DNA testing Here we could see if the Epilepsy Gene rears its ugly head. Breeders give a cut off date which is short for when the puppy can be returned. As you know Epilepsy might not show up till the pup is two years of age.

Macungie, PA

#16 Jun 1, 2009
I honestly can't believe this place is still running. The place is stocked wall to wall with numerous different breeds of puppies sitting in their own filth. It smells terrible.

I've heard horror stories of people who purchased from them and ended up with horribly ill puppies who died after numerous vet visits and attempts at saving them. I've also heard horror stories of how sickly and thin the puppies look when they arrive at the store from the puppy mills.

Their 'quarantine' room is a joke. This is the room where their 'sick' puppies go. It's a small room full of wheezing, hacking, pitiful puppies. It's also completely open (no door even!) to the rest of the store, and no one is required to wash their hands after visiting the sick puppies. How exactly is this quarantine?

If you hate puppy mills and animal neglect/abuse, steer clear of this store. Do not give them your money, you're only supporting their poor practices and the puppy mills they get their puppies from.

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