February 26th 2013 3:43 pm
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We adopted Reilly from the National Great Pyrenees Rescue on January 6, 2013. We were told that he was perfectly healthy and our adoption contract says that he was heartworm-free. During the first six weeks that we have had him, he has been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection AND heart worms. The rescue is refusing to take any responsibility for the fact that his urinary tract infection was brewing before he was adopted AND that he has had the heart worms for at least a year.
He was found in Vineland, NJ in a hoarding situation and was outside in a chicken coop, where mosquitoes were free to bite him. Anyone who has any common sense would test a dog found in this situation for heart worms once in their care (he was tested in October 2012 by the SPCA and the test was negative, so the NGPR never bothered to test him once they had him). Four months later, his heart is now enlarged, and his lungs and certain arteries are also infected with the worms. When the president of the NGPR was told, she told us to wait on the chest x-ray. Imagine if we had waited! Now the president is threatening legal action against us for slander (I guess no one told her that it's only slander if it's not true), and she is sending me emails calling me names, along with sending other people to verbally attack me (real mature, isn't she?) Maybe if she spent more time taking care of the dogs instead of displaying her immaturity, they'd be adopting out healthy ones instead of sick ones.