Sick pups prompt kennel probe

Sick pups prompt kennel probe

There are 83 comments on the Milford Daily News story from Jul 21, 2006, titled Sick pups prompt kennel probe. In it, Milford Daily News reports that:

The Puppy Patch of 157 West Main St. in Hopkinton "is under investigation," according to Vanessa Gulati, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

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Jane

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#1 Aug 22, 2006
Finally! My daughter bought a Havanese from the Pupppy Patch last fall and in came with kennel cough, giardia and mange which made the pup very sickly, required costly vet bills and contaminated my other dog. The vet bills were close to $2000! The Puppy Patch initially denied that the puppy was sick. then said their contract would have their vet treat the puppy however I had no faith since such a sick puppy should never have been sold. By then we loved the puppy and were committed to it. We are bitter that our dogs had to suffer. We were victimized. Fortunately we were able to provide treatment, however, I am sure many families could not affort the time and cost to treat sick pets, nor should they have to.
Piero

Wallingford, CT

#2 Sep 3, 2006
I recently bought a puupy form the puppy patch as well and we suspected from the first night that he had kennel cough. We brought him to the vet as soon as possible and our suspicions were correct. He indeed had kennel cough and additonally parasites. I've read a few articles on the Puppy Patch and it seems that various families have encountered the same issues. The Puppy patch is a questionable establishment at best and I do not recommend one buy a puppy from there.
Brenna

Windham, NH

#3 Oct 4, 2006
I have also finally gotten the puppy I've always wanted, because I have adored dogs forever, but I didn't want it from a pet store. I knew a breeder would be way better, but just a visit to the Puppy Patch made me fall in love with this female Pembroke Welsh Corgi. We saw that she was coughing, and told the people who worked there, and we were delayed from taking her home. They said she was better about a week later, so we took her home. But all of a sudden, Luna was coughing again, and we found out she had parasites. What a waste!! I feel so bad for her, and I'm glad we got her out of there, I just wish that it wasn't so horrible!! Don't get dogs from the Puppy Patch!!
Jess

Littleton, MA

#4 Oct 6, 2006
My friend just bought a puppy from the puppy patch, and as soon as it came home it got to coughing. The dog was very cute and they would not have got it from the Puppy Patch if they didn't immediatly fall in love with her. I was with her when she first saw the dog and we immediatly knew it was the one for them. They brought it home a week later because it had a cough, and when they finally did bring it home, it still had a slight cough that grew bigger. I would not recomend buying puppys from the Puppy Patch because every dog that has been purchased from there that I know of has had kennel cough when broughten home.
Brittany

AOL

#5 Oct 14, 2006
hey!! All you people are crazy!! kennel cough is very common no matter where you get the puppy. i bought a dog from the puppy patch alomst a year ago and she is perfectly fine!!! if your going to complain about your dog and tell others not to buy dogs that need homes then your IDOTS!!!
ok thanks
Debbie

Brookline, MA

#6 Oct 15, 2006
I purchased a dog from the Puppy Patch and had no problems. We have had our dog for over a year now with no health problems at all.
Randi

AOL

#7 Oct 17, 2006
My baby, now four is from "the Patch" and he's had no problems. He was at the vet the morning after I bought him for a full check up and passed with flying colors. Worms, coughs, etc. are ever so common with puppies, any vet or breeder will tell you this. When you buy a pet, have it checked by YOUR vet immediately.
Diane

Roslindale, MA

#8 Oct 18, 2006
I bought a Dachshund from the Patch back in June..a week later I brought him to the vet where it was detected he had Kennel Cough, which I hear is commmon in kennels, pet stores etc...a week after that he had to be put on antibiotics for an intestinal virus and ear infection...he hasn't been sick since that all cleared, but I feel he was one of the lucky ones after seeing the heartbreaking stories on the news....I would not buy another dog from this place after the sotries I heard after the fact....
Ashley

Orange, MA

#9 Oct 27, 2006
About 3 wks ago, my husband and I purchased a boston terrier from the puppy patch. We were told her health history that she had a minor cold and two hernias removed. We were told she had a clean bill of health and was good to go. Upon bringing her to our family vet, we discovered that she had mange mites all over her head. It was obvious to the vet as soon as she looked at the balding animal. We love Ruby and have already formed and attachment to her and would never subject her to going back to those conditions. My expression today is NOT to buy a puppy from this puppy mill. The staff appears to be nice and very helpful. Indeed, they are a factory for sick babies and they ROBBED US BLIND charging us $900 for a sick dog that the vet said she wouldn't had paid any money for!!!Thank God that we took her from that horrible place and her immune system hopfully will fight off infection and mange mites having been in a much better home. The puppy patch is a half way house and host for sick animals and carries a false sense of security for all who enter!!! DO NOT BUY A DOG FROM THE PUPPY PATCH!!Least of all, don't pay good money for a sick baby!!!
Debbie

Haverhill, MA

#10 Nov 4, 2006
Jan 2006, I purchased a bichon frise from the Puppy Patch. The puppy coughed as I was writing the check. Jeff whisked him to the back for a moment and returned saying, "he must have had something stuck in his throat." Incidentally, that is the exact description of Kennel Cough! He was diagnosed with Kennel Cough and the mange which left him nearly bald. Sadly, my elder bichon contracted the cough and died after spending a week in ICU at Tufts. I cried daily for three months and my hair has been falling out because of my grief. We spent $5,000 trying to save Rockie. The autopsy revealed collapsed lungs from the pneumonia. My decision to enter the Puppy Patch cost me my best friend. Rockie was only twelve and he was the most beautiful bichon I have ever known. I cringe when I think of the Puppy Patch.
tracey

Quincy, MA

#11 Nov 7, 2006
It is very sad when you lose an animal and more needs to be done to stop the kennels that don't care for their animals properly. I have bought and lost a puppie that was bought at a pet store in the old shoppers world and it sickens me that these places still exisist i think if you want to stop this over breeding, neglectful episodes from happening go to the mspca and pounds and get your animals. Dont encourage breeders to continue to make money off the poor animals that suffer.
Diana

United States

#12 Nov 7, 2006
Christmas 2004 my family suprised me with a Pomeranian from Puppy Patch. I too had received a very sick pup. Tia was diagnosed by my vet two days later with a severe case of ear mites and bronchitis which did turn into pneumonia days later. Puppy Patch was notified from the day purchased that she was ill and it was shocking their vet signed off on her health check! Within the first 14 days the cost of getting this baby well exceeded $2,500 which included a three day stay at Tufts. I would not return the dog during the warantee period as I am certain she would have died. Lesson learned - do not buy puppies from Puppy Patch or any other pet store. Puppy Patch would not assume any responsibility nor was their vet available when needed during the holidays - not that I would have brought her to see their vet anyway! Buyers beware.
Kathy Foreman

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#13 Nov 7, 2006
tracey wrote:
It is very sad when you lose an animal and more needs to be done to stop the kennels that don't care for their animals properly. I have bought and lost a puppie that was bought at a pet store in the old shoppers world and it sickens me that these places still exisist i think if you want to stop this over breeding, neglectful episodes from happening go to the mspca and pounds and get your animals. Dont encourage breeders to continue to make money off the poor animals that suffer.
I run a very small kennel. When I sell a puppy it has already had it's first visit to a vet. Know that all dogs and cats carry demodex mange. It is stress that causes it to break out. Kennel cough is not common. If you heard the puppy cough you should have never bought that dog. When I sell my puppies all buyers must go through a test with me showing that they have no cough, no hernias, no skin rash etc. Know this that demodex can break out from four months to over a year. You tell ever one to go to the spca. Well I was going to use the spca to have a couple of my dogs fixed and they told me that they were not going to be able to do it because they had a break out of parvo. Any place that has over five or more animals are goingk to have problems. All my puppies are treated according to AKC. If this place is having that many problems then they need to be shut down or all their animals need to be qurateened for thirty days where as their kennel needs to be steralized and all animals put on the same medications. Then an inspector should test all animals before they can open again. Not all of us so called back yard breeders are neglegant to our animals and love them as much as the new buyer. I hope ever one got their money back. Remember to read your contract very closely before signing and if they don't have one then don't buy your dog from them.
Kathy Foreman

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#14 Nov 7, 2006
People, If you go to buy a puppy and it has mat in the eyes, a cough or runny nose use your common sense and don't buy that puppy. Any place including the spca that handles large quanties of animals are going to have problems. If they have a contract read it very carefully. A good kennel will show proof that the puppy your are going to buy has already been for it's first well puppy visit. Even if it passes it can still have parasites. All dogs carry demodex mange. It just takes stress to get it to break out and then it may not show up from four months to even a year. It is very important that you get your puppy to the vet within the time allowed on your contract and make sure they have a return polocy if your vet should find something wrong with your new pet. If your want a good pet make sure the person you are buying the puppy from goes through a physical with you showing you that it has no cough, no hernias in the groen area or the belly button area, that it doesn't have a over bite or under bite, no bowing of the back legs, that it responds to sound and that it's eyes a nose have no matting or running liquids comeing from either. Make sure it has had it's first shot and has been wormed at least three times and that it doesn't have mucus or blood in it's stool. Find out what they have been feeding your puppy and wein it off of that food slowly if that isn't what you want it to be eating. If you buy a sick puppy then it is just as much the buyers fault that the sellers. Be alart a be aware. If you can't see the kennel or they won't show you at least on of the parents don't buy the puppy. They might be trying to hide something.
tracey

United States

#15 Nov 8, 2006
I hope being in a business dealing with pets that you love them and care for them. Unfortunately that is not always the case. As far as seeing the animal sick I got my dog from the animal rescue and he showed no signs of coughing the whole weekend i was there with him but when he came home he was sick with kennel cough. So they dont always display symptoms when you see them. I do strongly believe that breeders with sick puppies should be put out of business. Fact is that purebred dogs have more problems than those of mixed breed why would people want that so they can say they spent thousands on a purebred big deal. When I adopt an animal its to give that animal a forever home. Not brag about its bloodline. I hope you continue to care for your animals but this puppy patch apparently doesnt and i may be mistaken but they get there animals from breeders. If you stop it from the source it saves people and animals alot of heartache in the end.
Kathy Foreman wrote:
<quoted text> I run a very small kennel. When I sell a puppy it has already had it's first visit to a vet. Know that all dogs and cats carry demodex mange. It is stress that causes it to break out. Kennel cough is not common. If you heard the puppy cough you should have never bought that dog. When I sell my puppies all buyers must go through a test with me showing that they have no cough, no hernias, no skin rash etc. Know this that demodex can break out from four months to over a year. You tell ever one to go to the spca. Well I was going to use the spca to have a couple of my dogs fixed and they told me that they were not going to be able to do it because they had a break out of parvo. Any place that has over five or more animals are goingk to have problems. All my puppies are treated according to AKC. If this place is having that many problems then they need to be shut down or all their animals need to be qurateened for thirty days where as their kennel needs to be steralized and all animals put on the same medications. Then an inspector should test all animals before they can open again. Not all of us so called back yard breeders are neglegant to our animals and love them as much as the new buyer. I hope ever one got their money back. Remember to read your contract very closely before signing and if they don't have one then don't buy your dog from them.
lisa

Bedford, NH

#16 Nov 16, 2006
hi i visit the patch frequently just to see the puppies. Many times there are puppies laying there not acknowledging the people. They have runny,matted fur around the eyes and just very lethargic. it is sad to see, the prices are so high. they need to revamp their whole operation and make the puppies their top priority.
I go because they are so dam cute and lovable.
Ali

AOL

#17 Nov 29, 2006
These pet shop type places spend $5-$7 per dog. Most come from puppy mills out west. This problem will continue because people walk in, fall in love with a cute little puppy and buy it on impulse. A dog is a commitment. You should do some homework before buying a dog. Buy one from a reputable breeder or better yet, adopt one from a shelter. If the demand for these abused, sickly dogs goes down, the people who are making enormous profits by selling them will find something else to do. Use your brains people. Adopt a shelter dog.
Susana

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Dec 5, 2006
Kathy Foreman wrote:
People, If you go to buy a puppy and it has mat in the eyes, a cough or runny nose use your common sense and don't buy that puppy. Any place including the spca that handles large quanties of animals are going to have problems. If they have a contract read it very carefully. A good kennel will show proof that the puppy your are going to buy has already been for it's first well puppy visit. Even if it passes it can still have parasites. All dogs carry demodex mange. It just takes stress to get it to break out and then it may not show up from four months to even a year. It is very important that you get your puppy to the vet within the time allowed on your contract and make sure they have a return polocy if your vet should find something wrong with your new pet. If your want a good pet make sure the person you are buying the puppy from goes through a physical with you showing you that it has no cough, no hernias in the groen area or the belly button area, that it doesn't have a over bite or under bite, no bowing of the back legs, that it responds to sound and that it's eyes a nose have no matting or running liquids comeing from either. Make sure it has had it's first shot and has been wormed at least three times and that it doesn't have mucus or blood in it's stool. Find out what they have been feeding your puppy and wein it off of that food slowly if that isn't what you want it to be eating. If you buy a sick puppy then it is just as much the buyers fault that the sellers. Be alart a be aware. If you can't see the kennel or they won't show you at least on of the parents don't buy the puppy. They might be trying to hide something.
could you send me an email? I'd like to talk to you about a problem I have with a puppy I sold.. my email is [email protected]
thanks for your help! I may write about my problem in this forum later today.
Susana

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Dec 5, 2006
my email is [email protected]
Susana

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Dec 7, 2006
I sold a Puppy, and she was sick at that moment. she got flu, coughing, not eating good. she got antibiotic from the vet, because she thought the puppy may have a respiratory infection.
I TOLD the buyer she was sick, all the sintomes, at that time she was done with the antibiotic, active eating better, but she still had some cough.
I told the buyer that the could give a deposit to hold the puppy, and I could keep her with me until she get good and healthy.
They didn't want to wait and wanted to buy her right the way. I made a contract saying that the puppy was sick and if they take her, she would be their responsabily and I wouldn't pay an medical bills, but the have 2 weeks to give her back to me for any medical reason if the find something and I will give them all their money back. I send the contract by email one day before of the sale, and they like it and agree.
then, we sold her to them, singed contract and gave her all her documents, health records, etc.
The puppy got pneumonia 2 days after the sale, and now they want us to pay the bill and they didn't want to give her back for us to treat her.
We sold the puppy for $850, and the are saying that they medical bills are for $800. and if we don't pay them the $800, they will take us to the court.
they say that our contract is not valid because we didn't disclose the pneumonia the moment of the sell. but, we were checking with our vet and nobody knew or diagnostics it at any moments. we told them everything we knew about the puppy at the moment of the sale and we wanted to keep her for longer to prevent any money problem like this one.
All this information is supported with emails, and I think we'll take it to the court.

We were trying to be very honest about everything and the just keep twisting everything. I asked them many times for the bills, and they just send them to me yesterday, after 3 weeks that the puppy got sick. And the bills are for $510!!!!!!!!!! so, the were trying to steal from us!.... they say that they won't take us to the court if we pay them $350....
But after them trying to steal from us, we just feel the right think to do is to go to the court.
what everybody thing? I live in MN, so we are under the "Pet Lemon Law"

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