Guest WoobiesMom Posted July 26, 2007 Report Share Posted July 26, 2007 So I decided to do a bit of reconnaissance on the new local pet store. Luckily, the woman I spoke w/last time who was so adamant about not giving out info or paperwork was not there. One very clueless teen girl was there and another slightly more guarded one. So my dear daughter pretended like she really wanted one of the pups, playing it to the hilt. I played the cautious mother and asked about paperwork, registrations, health guarantees, etc. and let them give their spiel. Then I started asking more pointed questions about whether I could see the paperwork, did they get the pups directly from breeders, or from brokers, which ones, etc. The guarded teen told me I couldn't see the paperwork unless I bought one and then I would only get the proof of medical care, the guarantee and the pedigree. While she was on the phone the clueless girl explained that the pups were given daily nebulizer treatments "for their lungs and stuff", they were up to date on their shots, they were guaranteed for certain congenital defects (listed by breed/condition) for the first 3 years, kennel cough only if a vet diagnoses it in the first 72 hours and any other medical issues only if dx'ed in the first 3 days. By this time, the girl on the phone (apparently w/the manager) said she wanted to talk to me. The manager had apparently told the girl to let me see the paperwork and then told me on the phone I could "see it but not legally allowed to write anything down or take it out of the store". Well since it was me she told and the girl was putting the paperwork in front of me and giving me a paper and pen, I didn't say a word as the manager continued to explain that they'd been dealing w/the broker for years, never had a problem, continue to work with buyers for as long as they own the pup, etc etc etc. Gave me the whole big smoke and mirrors show as I uh-huh'ed her to death and wrote everything I could frantically. Couple things she said were red flags for me. She said the nebulizer was a preventive for all the pups because of what the people who come in and handle them might bring. I asked if it would mask kennel cough, she said no, it was just a small dose of antibiotic that "kept them from catching anything brought in". There were two papillions we acted interested in and they gave me that paperwork to look at. One was very lethargic ("all played out"), very weepy eyes ("sometimes the sawdust gets in their eyes when they're playing") and fairly nonresponsive. The broker was Tracy's K & J Pets in Fair Grove, MO. I only found two things on them when I googled. One is interesting in that one of the owners, Jenny Tracy, apparently died in 2005 but their website http://www.tracyskjpets.com/ still presents it as though she's alive and helping run the company. And a USDA report showing that they purchased a butt-load of pups from an unlicensed breeder. It doesn't appear that they were sanctioned but the breeder was. The breeder is listed as Randall Jones of Lebanon, MO. I found a USDA report on a dog breeder by that name in Arkansas who was stripped of his license, fined $8800 dollars and prevented from raising dogs for commercial purposes. I guess it's possible he's just moved states, but I'm not sure how to find out if there's identifying info that could track him from one place to the next. He has a USDA # listed in the paperwork, but I wasn't able to pull it up or find him in the USDA site (bogus #?). I hope someone can tell me what all these things are. They were listed on the medical care sheet: DOB: 5-4-07 (pup 1) DOB: 4-17-07 (pup 2) they both look nearly identical in size! Parvo DA2MP CVK Panacur Albon & Flagyl Progard KC Vanguard Plus 5 Drontal Plus Albon & Flagyl Frontline One pup also had Nemex II listed as well as a report of Left inguinal hernia repair and left umbilical hernia repair. When I asked the manager, she said 95% of puppies will have them and since it's repaired, it's no big deal. SO! I strongly suspect at a minimum, the breeder is a miller AND I'm concerned about the nebulizer treatments and this lethargic pup. What next? Can I contact the USDA to find out more about this Randall Jones? How do I find out more about whether the broker has complaints/sanctions/etc. Is there a local authority to call about the health of the pups on their premises? I shudder to call my county's animal control people after getting my kitten from their facility, it's pretty abysmal. If I can connect this breeder to the one whose license was revoked, do I place a complaint w/the USDA? I want to get all my ducks in a row and collect as much documentation as I can for a letter to the owner to include the info I find, like the buying pups from unlicensed breeders, if this breeder is the same one from AR, etc. and then I think I'd like to contact the local press. We have a 12 on Your Side here that might pick it up if I can give them enough hard evidence. I just want to get the word out at least in my little corner of the world and maybe keep a few innocent people from buying these pups and maybe provide some pressure for the store owner to stop carrying these dogs. Help! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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