Vernetta Cockrum of Show-me Puppies sells sick dogs
I unfortunately became a victim of a puppymill. I bought 6 adult english bulldogs for the purpose of breeding. I showed up at the place, not really knowing what to expect when I encountered a kennel full of dogs. 100+ dogs in cages. The smell of *** and urine were unimaginable. I'd never seen one quite this bad. At that point, I wasn't going to leave those dogs in those diplorable conditions. This became a rescue mission. Once we got the dogs home, we started noticing all the medical conditions these dogs suffered from. The dogs were diagnosed with hip displaysia, luxating patellas, elongated palettes, entropian rendering blindness, chronic ear infections leading to deafness, genetic heart disease, allergies, pyometra, and if thats not enough, we lost the male 5 months after purchase, due to heart disease. These dogs sound old with all of the medical condtions, that's the sad part, these dogs all turned 3 this year. Vernetta bred everyone of the dogs on their first heats, and we have discovered that most of the puppies out of this breeding group exhibited all of the medical conditions listed above. A true shame. We need to put a stop to people like this, and I refuse to stop, til' I feel satisfied enough that this woman can no longer breed sick animals. When confronted with these issues, Vernetta told me that she sold me good reproducing adults. I asked about when they had last seen the vet., she said they didn't take their adults to the vet. What does this say about her.. We had everyone of them at the vets for a medical work up. All of these dogs were in cages with her, we brought them into our home and treated them like part of the family. Just a shame what she has been allowed to do. I will keep everyone updated on the lawsuit I have filed against this woman. My attorney, Chris Rasmussen of Deputy and Mizell will get the best of her.
Amber R Ksy
Livingston, New Jersey
Show-mepuppies.com knowingly sold sick dogs
Vernetta/Geary Cockrum knowingly sells sick dogs.. She has a puppymill in West Plains, where she sold me 6 very ill dogs. These dogs suffered from: entropian leading to blindness, deafness due to neglect, hip displaysia which are hips with shallow sockets (NON BREEDABLE to MOST BREEDERS STANDARDS), but she bred it. Luxating Patellas which are knees that slip out of socket (NON BREEDABLE to MOST BREEDERS STANDARDS), but she bred it. Genetic Heart Disease, which NO BREEDER IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD BREED, but she bred it.. I bought 6 dogs from this woman, and only had 2 that passed their health screenings, and 1 that passed her health screening after a month worth of antibiotics. These dogs were diagnosed right after purchase.
Livingston, New Jersey
Vernetta & Geary Cockrum/ Show-mepuppies KNOWINGLY sells sick dogs
DO NOT BUY PUPPIES FROM: "VERNETTA COCKRUM/GEARY COCKRUM/SHOW-ME PUPPIES... I purchased 5 adult female english bulldogs and 1 adult male from Vernetta, Nov. 14, 2010. She told me all dogs were healthy and had no health issues. Upon arriving home with the dogs, we started noticing they needed medical attention. -1 female was diagnosed with genetic entropian (eyelashes folding in and irritating the eyes), in both eyes, stayed swollen in her vaginal area for 8 months, reproductive issues. -1 female was diagnosed at the university as having pus in her uterus, pyometra, 2 months after purchase. She also suffered from entropian in both eyes. -1 female was diagnosed with entropian in right eye and elongated palette. -1 female was diagnosed 90% blind, due to neglected entropian. She had chronic ear infections, and due to years of neglect, had ping ping ball size scar tissue in both ears, rendering her deaf. Skin/food allergies, has to be bathed every 3 days, bleeding from all the scratching.. Lethargic due to all the pain. This female is only 3 yrs. old. -The male was diagnosed with high blood pressure, semen tainted with blood, heart issues leading to his death, june 2011.. After research on this woman, came to discover that there were people out there that had puppies from this breeding group, and they were having health issues in their puppies. We have followed the course in contacting all the right agencies: -Attorney Generals office of Mo. -USDA -Mo. Dept. of Agriculture -United States Humane Society -BBB of SW Mo. -AKC -Animal activists of Mo. We have since found out this woman is not licensed with USDA, but yet she has sold puppies to the Hunte Corp., brokers for pet stores. (As the USDA told me, this is illegal) We signed a $10,000 contract with this woman on these dogs. We have consulted with an attorney, and are pursuing this woman in shutting her down. I have physically been to her home, and kennel. This is what is known as a puppy mill. She has over 100+ dogs, ranging from maltese/yorkies-boxers/border collies. What is bad is she knowingly sells puppies with defaults to innocent pet homes. On one incident, she took a puppy in for a health check, the vet. told her the dog had a very bad knee, and was told to notify the new owners of this condition. She didn't of course, shipped the puppy knowing this problem, charging him $2000 for a puppy that will need surgery for him to walk. I have since been finding more and more innocent pet buyers of this woman, that have received puppies in diplorable conditions. We have statements from veterinarians, that state; "These are the worst bulldogs, health wise, we have ever seen". What is the saddest part, is these dogs are very young, all 3 yrs. old. They never had a chance... If I can stop one buyer, from the heart ache, I feel I've done my job. All Mo. residents, listen up.. Prop B may have been overturned for now, but its coming back to the table once again, and will be put on the ballot.. Make your vote count.. Make these puppy mills, know they can't get away with this.. I, personally think noone should have more than 10 breeding dogs. I have 4, and sometimes wonder how I can keep up with them. How can someone with 100+ animals keep up with all the socialization, medical attention, and care that each animal rightfully deserves? When I contacted Vernetta about the health concerns these dogs had, she stated, "I sold you good breeding dogs, with good uteruses".. How can anyone breed a dog that is 90% blind?? We have adopted out 3 of the dogs as we don't breed genetic issues, like she does. We now have 2 females of what we received from her.. Do your research.. Call her vet.. If she won't let you, there's something wrong..
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