Our Hope Center Holding Woman's Dog Hostage

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Pet Lover

Cape Coral, FL

#1 Mar 2, 2012
http://www.fox4now.com/news/140979063.html See Video

N. FT. MYERS - A Southwest Florida woman says a N. Ft. Myers veterinarian won't give her puppy back.

Christina Sheridan says she dropped off her 13 week old Great Dane named "Vela" at Our Hope Center to be treated for what she thought was the parvovirus.

"I would simply at this point like to take my dog home," said Sheridan.

She said she was told that she could go on a payment plan because she did not have the money to pay for the full bill up front.

"When they did test her and said it was not parvo... they said it was hook worms. They said it was still the same and that I could make payment arrangements on that."

But when she returned to make a payment, they said she would have to pay the bill in full to get her dog back.

Sheridan gathered the cash and returned to the vet, but was turned away empty handed again, so she called 4 In Your Corner for help.

Fox 4 went to talk to Our Hope Center owner Brandi Mikolak. While she would not grant us an on camera interview, she did speak off camera.

Mikolak said that Sheridan abandoned the animal at Our Hope and that she would not return it.

She said she would donate "Vela" to a shelter.

Fox 4 did contact the Lee County Animal Shelter to see if there was anything they would do, but they told us the dog fight is a civil matter.

But we did talk to a member of the Florida Veternary Medical Association who says what's happening is wrong.

"In Christine's case where she gave a sick puppy to a veterinarian to be treated she remains the owner of that animal," said Dr. Richard Carpenter.

Bottom line: Sheridan may have to file a suit against the clinic to get her dog back.
Pet Lover

Cape Coral, FL

#2 Mar 2, 2012
TWELVE HUNDRED dollars to treat a case of Hookworms????? Is she crazy?
I think she just wanted to keep that adorable puppy for herself.
LessonLearned

Fort Myers, FL

#3 Mar 3, 2012
I have had a HORRIBLE experience with this place. I tried it 2 years ago and would never - NEVERRRRR go back. The short blonde lady in the video that was smirking at the camera while on her cell phone is the one that owns that dump. Do your research on this place. they should be shut down.

a trashy person cannot run a classy business. She is proof.
anonomys

Johnstown, PA

#4 May 12, 2013
Yeah really.. like she needs another animal she's a pet hoarder... crazy b*$#@
Pet Lover wrote:
TWELVE HUNDRED dollars to treat a case of Hookworms????? Is she crazy?
I think she just wanted to keep that adorable puppy for herself.
McNasty

Fort Myers, FL

#5 May 13, 2013
Total Overpriced Hell Hole! Stay Away!
Big Mac

Cape Coral, FL

#7 Aug 4, 2014
Christina Sheridan is a drug addict. She can't take care of herself, let alone a puppy. You can't take care of animals when you're a pill-head and in jail.
Look her up on the FDLE website.
Princess

Fort Myers, FL

#8 Nov 17, 2014
I was personaly in there today and they took very good care of my dog. They were very open with all the prices. They were very nice. Maybe you just have a case of personality differences. I will go back there from now on.

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