Lemon law can't take the bite out of ...

Lemon law can't take the bite out of buying a sick dog

There are 14 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. 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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Dog Lover

Bethlehem, PA

#1 Dec 11, 2007
This was a great story, more should be written to warn people in the market for a dog.


#2 Jan 15, 2008
how about next time going to an animal shelter and adopting. instead of buying and supporting puppy mills

Norristown, PA

#3 Jan 15, 2008
Always get the extended warranty!
philly girl

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Jan 17, 2008
I know of 8 people who bought dog's from jack's dog farm in pipersville that have been sick don not buy dog's from them
Gina Heitz

Woodburn, OR

#6 Feb 9, 2008
This is a very good article for anyone to read that might be thinking about purchasing a pet dog. The one statement that stands out is: "If what you want is a dog that will live in a house," she said, "don't get a dog that was raised in a kennel."

As a hobby breeder who raises her dogs in her home I could not agree more!

Gina Heitz
Brier Goldens
Woodburn Oregon USA
Animal Lover

New Tripoli, PA

#7 Feb 17, 2009
I am glad that the Morning Call published this article. I have been to the local puppy stores many times and the pups are always coughing, have nasal drainage, eye discharge, or diarrhea. I purchased 2 St. Bernards from separate breeders a year apart. Each time we visited the private breeders, each breeder having 9 pups to the litter, all the pups were healthy, NO coughing, NO eye discharge, NO nasal drainage and NO diarrhea. Both Saints are exactly what their name implies-SAINTS! They are so friendly, love other animals and are extremely friendly and social with eveyone they meet. I highly encourage any one who wants a pet to visit a local shelter. If not, go to a private breeder- then you can meet the parents of the pups to get an idea of how the parents have been treated and temperament; therefore knowing what the first 8 weeks or so of your pups life have been.

Allentown, PA

#8 Feb 23, 2009
My heart breaks for the animals involved.

As for the people... if you are stupid enough to buy a dog from a puppy-mill or a puppy-mill broker (i.e. pet stores, large scale-multi breed "kennels"), then you are part of the problem and you get what you deserve.

I agree with Mary... next time, go to one of the hundreds of animls shelters and adopt.

United States

#9 Mar 28, 2009
I agree with the whole not buying from a puppy mill or pet store but don't be so ignorant.You can get a sick dog from a shelter also.The issue here is the unfair puppy lemon law .

Bethlehem, PA

#10 Mar 28, 2009
i found two great places to buy healthy dogs, one is jacks dog farm in pipersville pa. and the other is nacoma kennels in lehighton. they both have a great reputation and our current dog is from nacoma. he is a jug, half jack russell and half pug. he is just awesome. i am sorry you had a bad experience buying this dog, i dont personally know anyone who bought from wentz, however their store is impeccable.

Allentown, PA

#11 Apr 26, 2009
The victims are not the people who bought the sick little pups in the kennel, but the wire caged puppies living in horrible conditions. Many times the people want to return the puppies and get their money back because they don't want to be bothered, or don't have the finances. Whitehall Mall Pet Store kennels look clean, and I am sure it is, but many puppies have been there for many months, living on a wire floor that is 2"x2" squares. How big is a puppy paw??!! There are no soft beds, because out of their frustration, they'd probably tear the them apart. How much play time do they get in 3-5 months?? Where do they go if they can't be sold?? They do look healthy, but sad and listless, or very hyper.


#12 May 23, 2009
Well who pays for the sick dogs that come out of shelters? what recourcwe to buyers of used rescues dogs have? even Oprah lost a puppy and spent tons of money to save its sibling purchaced fromk a mulitmillion dollars shelter in Il. Please stop with the double standards . Instead of finger pointing maybe donations need to go towards finding cures for stress born illnesses in Pets. gee maybe it can help find a cure for thye common cold as finding the vaccination for feline lukemia found a cure for childhood lukemia. Wake up folks these people are not about solving problems. They want to project ,so you buy dogs from thier dirty shelters. 1000 dogs a year and a few cases is a heck of a lot better then any shelter or rescue.

Macungie, PA

#13 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.
Auburn Resident

Green Lane, PA

#14 Jun 13, 2009
Why would you go to a pet store to buy a dog and spend all that money,why not go to a kennel and adopt a dog and give them a second chance. I adopted a 6yr old black lab from Hillside S.P.C.A on Feb 13 2009. She was on meds for kennel cough, after her meds were done 2 weeks later she was haveing trouble with her back legs and had a hard time walking she couldn't even play. I took her to the Vet and she was tested for Lime des and it come back Posstive and she was put on meds.She is well now but she will always have lime, she can play run and just be a dog, She is very well behaved, she is the best And I love her with all my heart I would never give her up to no one. Yes I have vet bills,so what she has a heart to. When I went to adopt a dog and knowen that she had lime would I have taken her, I would have had though about it and I don't know. But now that I have her and fell in love with her she is worth it.

Second chance

White Haven, PA

#15 Jun 11, 2010
Dog Lover wrote:
This was a great story, more should be written to warn people in the market for a dog.
Nacoma Kennel in Lehighton Is Nothing More Than A Puppy Mill I Know I Bought My Dog From Them A Year And A Half Ago And I Still Haven't Got My Dogs Papers And If You Call Them Or E-mail Them They Don't Return Calls Or E-mails I Would Never Tell Someone To Get A Dog From Them.They Need To Have All Their Animals Taken Away From Them...PUPPY MILL!!!!

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