I am one of the people who has spent thousands of dollars trying to save the life of an animal from the (not)Humane Society. To be exact I spent $2,316.21 which DOES NOT including special dietary food that was needed, and other things like a leash, toys, regular food and a doggy bed. And yes I have a folder of receipts, lab results and the necropsy (canine autopsy) report. All of which have dates and times on them. Of course there is no price that can be put on the emotional trauma from thinking you are saving a life and finding out the IMPROPER or LACK OF medical care doomed the animal prior to being adopted.
My family and I decided to adopt a dog from the Wicomico County Humane Society and save it's life. We were told that the puppy we chose was 8 weeks old and had just reached the legal age of adoption. We filled out the paperwork and were told that the puppy needed to neutered, dewormed and given all it's shots prior to be taken home. After a week I received a phone call saying that the puppy now 9 weeks old had been neutered and was able to be taken home. Just a few days after being brought home the puppy began to have diarrhea. Of course we took the puppy to vet and after several tests we found out that the puppy had tapeworms AND ringworms. "I thought that I had paid the Humane Society to deworm the puppy. At least that's what the paperwork that they gave me said". Well the puppy was treated and given a dewormer and SEVERAL medications to be taken of the next two weeks.
The puppy never made it to the two week follow up. A few days later the puppy began sneezing violently for hours at a time. So back to the vet we go. Several tests later we find out that the puppy has bordatella (kennel cough). "Once again I thought that I had paid to have the puppy vaccinated against that. At least that what the paperwork said." Since this was our only dog and the puppy was not around any other dogs where else other than the Humane Society could the puppy have gotten it from? I've been told that it can take up to 10 days for bordatella to present itself. Strangely it was exactly 10 days after we got the puppy that this happened. Again we were given several medication to help treat yet another problem that the documentation from the Humane Society stated the puppy was vaccinated for.
Yet again the puppy did not make the two weeks follow up. A few days the puppy (now 10 weeks old) began having dark, bloody diarrhea. And again back to the vet's we go. After more test we found out that the puppy was bleeding internally from hook worms cutting in the intestines. Also the puppy was having liver failure. After several days of being given IV fluids, A BLOOD TRANSFUSION and having A PLASMA INFUSION our puppy's little body just gave out and the puppy died. The necropsy showed that the puppy had canine infectious hepatitis (highly contagious). Once again since the puppy was not around any other dogs, there is only one place that all of these illnesses could have come from. The Wicomico County Humane Society.
The puppy was a lab and only weighed a little over 4 lbs. at 10 weeks. The puppy was the same size as all of the other puppies in the litter. Since there were several puppies caged together sadly I can only fear that several others had met with the same horrible and easily preventable fate.
All we ever wanted was to save an animal and give it a home and a life that it might not have had. Sadly I feel the puppies would have had a better chance in life if they were left to fend for themselves instead of being taken to the Humane Society.
Ultimately my family and I feel devastated for the puppy, hurt by being lied to and having the money we gave to the Humane Society to start life out healthy used for obviously something other than providing for the animals.
I am truly sorry for the loss of your animal. There are three local Police Officers who have recently gone through similar situations, you could be one of them, I don't know? Nevertheless, ever since I have been investigating the Humane Society, the stories I get from people are just UNBELIEVABLE and quite frankly, it makes me SICK to my stomach that Gary Comegys and the entire Board hasn't heard of a single story like yours.
Linda Lugo is NOT this local hero who does this wonderful job in our communities. I have enough stories on Linda Lugo and her Life Partner, (2nd in command at the Humane Society) in which I can only hope will bring them down and thrown the hell out of that place! Even when she went in front of the County Council not that long ago she was cursing like a sailor, using the F-Bomb regularly and clearly showed she could not be pushed around. She reminds me so much of Jim Rappp, it isn't funny.
You need to go to a lawyer and sue the Humane Society for putting your Family through all of this. Matthew, sit tight and keep your eyes on the future Posts we'll be putting up. I have evidence of that Staff breaking the law and YOU are going to be damn interested in just what Linda allowed to go on down there, all of which will probably explain just why your animal became so sick.
You can always contact me directly any time you'd like. That poor animal. Ladies & Gentlemen, it's so important you tell your own story here. Talk to your friends and get them to post, even anonymously. Local Officials need to know just how big a scam they're running up there and just how many animals come out of there sicker than when they arrived, that's for sure.