Clay County Animal Rescue Reviews
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Caring Canine Rescue or Clay County Rescue
We also picked up a puppy from Caring Canine/Clay County Rescue on 8/16/13. We emailed Chrystll Owens Friday afternoon/evening because he wouldn't eat anything. She said that he may just be skittish being away from his mom/littermates. By Friday night, we were worried enough that we left a message for our vet to try to get an appointment Saturday a.m. The vet didn't do a parvo test because she saw he had been vaccinated. We tried special food, Nutrical, syringe feeding, etc. By Saturday night he was vomiting and lethargic. By Sunday at 3:00 a.m. his *** was bloody and filled with (what we found out later) sloughed off intestinal tract. The vet at the animal hospital tested him for parvo and said he had it for at least a week (he had been in our care less than 48 hours). We gave Chrystll the benefit of the doubt and contacted her asking that she let all other adopters know ASAP so they could treat their puppies. We also told her to get all of the dogs currently in her care checked. She acted shocked and said the one puppy from the litter in her care was fine and said that maybe the test was a "false positive". Seeing as how he hadn't eaten in almost two days, was puking, pooping blood, and sloughing his intestinal tract, I don't know why she would even suggest that. We asked that she refund our adoption fee. She then expressed anger at us for euthanizing the dog and said we should have returned him to her so that she could care for him. We told her that the vet said that she had never seen such a small puppy with such an advanced state of parvo and said the odds of survival were well below 25%, even with the full treatment. We made the decision to euthanize him rather than put him through a series of treatments that the vet made clear wouldn't likely extend his life. We then found another adopter on this site whose puppy from the same litter also had parvo and had died. From her we learned that a third puppy had also died and that Chrystll knew that on Friday August 16th--the day we took our dog home. She knew she was sending a dog home with us who was very ill and unlikely to survive without immediate treatment. We also discovered the puppies and their mother probably weren't "rescues". In fact, she is most likely the owner of the mother and intentionally bred her. She also didn't take the puppies to a vet for the vaccines (which is what she told us) but that she administered them herself. Chrystyll knew we were taking the puppy into a home with another dog. Luckily, our dog is up on all of her vaccinations. We have two heartbroken kids who fell in love with a puppy just to lose him after one day. We have a house that is now filled with parvo and have been told that even with thorough cleaning with bleach we cannot be guaranteed the parvo is gone. And to make matters worse, we just found that this woman has listed the last puppy out of the litter on petfinder.com. So she knows three of the five out of the litter have died from parvo and she is trying to get someone to "adopt" him for $250. I've emailed petfinder.com, the local animal board of health contact, plan to share this widely on Facebook, and called her vet (who is considering cutting ties with her). We are also considering small claims court, although our more pressing concern is making sure this woman is not allowed to continue to present herself as a no-kill animal rescue when she is actually a for-profit breeder who is intentionally sending home dying puppies.
Update by user Aug 20, 2013
I do wish to correct one aspect of my review- The Boston terrier is a rescue and does not belong to her.
Nothing else about my review has changed or is inaccurate in my opinion.
Original review posted by user Aug 18, 2013In July we found a puppy on Petfinder.com that we chose to adopt due to the fact that he was a Boston Terrier/Pug mix and that was exactly what we were looking for. The first thing that was odd to me was the fact that she only dealt with checks and wired money- it was a bit of a red flag, but I shrugged it off thinking that she (Chrystll Owens) probably lived somewhere rural that using a credit card wasn't possible (though a paypal account is online so there isn't a reason not to use that). Once that was all taken care of I asked her several times how the puppy was doing, but never got a response. When we neared the date of adoption she contacted me to tell me the date was wrong and the adoption would actually be on the 16th, due to their age. We waited the extra two weeks, drove 200 miles and were greeted with a pup only 6 weeks of age- What I would later discover is under the legal age for puppies to go out in the state of Indiana. Chrystll went over and over how she can't guarantee the health of the pups (more red flags), she told me the shots are live viruses and that it's up to them to fight it or get sick (vet certified falsity). She talked to me about things a vet had said regarding his breed (not a Bug pup), gave me a shot record and I was on my way. When we got home I realized quickly the pup was not ok. He was vomiting constantly, had severe diarrhea and wouldn't eat. I contacted the other adopters only to find out their puppies had already been diagnosed with Parvo, not only had they found out, they informed Chrstyll to let her know before adopting out the other pups. Of course this info was never relayed to me. I got to spend one night with this sick little guy before the vet told us that he too have Parvo- and he was not in good shape. Our options were thousands of dollars in treatment which he didn't have a high chance of surviving or putting him down. We had no choice but to put him down-my kids and I were devastated. Also, the pups were from her own boston terrier, which didn't make a lot of sense- A rescuer normally would have her own dogs Spayed. After I pressed for the name of the vet who signed off for this little guy to be adopted, I found out she never took him to the vet. She did her own shots and evaluated them on her own - not sure then what my 250 dollar adoption fee went to. No microchips, not neutered, no vet, no certificate of health, just a scam! Do your research before adopting and don't go to Chrystll Owens! She has 2 rescues- Caring Canine Animal Rescue and Clay County animal rescue
Saint Louis, Missouri
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