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Complaint Review: Lawrence's Shih Tzus

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  • Submitted: Tue, December 11, 2012
  • Updated: Wed, August 14, 2013

  • Reported By: Anonymous — Anonymous Illinois United States of America
Lawrence's Shih Tzus
2001 W. Malone St. Peoria, Illinois United States of America

Lawrence's Shih Tzus Lawrence Shih Tzus Dog Breeder, Puppy Mill, Sells Sick & Unhealthy Puppys Peoria, Illinois

*Consumer Comment: about Lawrence Shih Tzuz

*Author of original report: Dinora Please Provide Contact Information

*General Comment: Lawrence's Shih Tzus

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I recently purchased a Shih Tzu puppy from Deborah Lawrence and Lawrence Shih Tzus in the later part of 2012. I should have know by the state of the conditions that the puppies are kept in that this would turn out to be a bad choice.

The neighborhood where her home is located is very shady and run down. She keeps all of the animals in her own home. She herself has 8-10 Shih Tzus of her own that run freely and urinate on everything. I personally watched her personal dogs urinate on the couches, rugs, and floor several times in the short 20 minutes I was there.

The puppy cages are stacked one on top of the other where there are 3-4 puppies per cage. They are fed and watered inside these cages. The cages are all rusted and dilapidated from the amount of feces and dog urine that is sitting in them. Each puppy goes in the cage all day which causes long term potty training effects.

I then proceeded to ask about the puppy parent and didn't receive a very clear answer. She stated that there were dogs in the back room. I then asked how many and she proceeded to tell me "somewhere between 20 and 40". I am not very knowledgeable about dog breeding, but I do know that is way to many for a two person operation.

From the way the dogs were free to roam it is a wonder that she is even able to keep track of who breeds with who. Meaning interbreeding could be real common in her unorganized version of being a dog breeder.

I then proceeded to ask about the shots and medicine that this particular puppy I was interested in had been given. She stated that she administers all of her own shots and de-wormer. From the conversation I had it seemed as though she was over her head with this and didn't always stick to a strict schedule of it and purchased the cheapest medicine at Tractors Supply. I was a little uneasy about this, as the puppy had not yet been to the vet. Reluctantly I purchased my puppy and went home. The very next day I took my puppy to two veterinarians.

I was advised that my puppy had every worm imaginable when they tested the feces; roundworm, tapeworm, whip-worms, and hookworms. For the next two weeks my puppy had diarrhea and blood in her poop. My puppy even had the worst possible puppy related infestation, coccidia, which is life threatening and hard to remove. I had to administer two different types of medicine for three weeks to get the worms out of the system.

My puppy also had horrible ear mites that fortunately the vet was able to clean mostly out and apply a medicine to the ears. The worst news came when the vet stated that my puppy showed signs of interbreeding. I said that this could be believable with the way Debbi ran her unorganized puppy mill. The unhealthiness of my puppy attests to the unhealthy living conditions they are kept in under her "care".

To conclude, do not purchase a puppy from her unless you are prepared to spend quite a bit of money at the vet making the puppy healthy. The conditions these animals are kept in and the unorganized breeding that goes on is a recipe for disaster. Interbreeding is uncommon and should never be an issue when purchasing a puppy. With Debbi Lawrence there is no guarantee that your puppy will not be interbred. She is running a puppy mill.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/11/2012 05:09 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Lawrences-Shih-Tzus/Peoria-Illinois-61605/Lawrences-Shih-Tzus-Lawrence-Shih-Tzus-Dog-Breeder-Puppy-Mill-Sells-Sick-Unhealthy-Pu-980719. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Nora - ()

I want to talk to you but dont know how without exposing my email or phone #.... you can not imagine how I feel after reading your description of the conditions Deb's dogs, if you know a good way to contact you please let me know. 

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#2 Author of original report

Dinora Please Provide Contact Information

AUTHOR: tarheelsfan873 - ()

Dinora,

I would be more than happy to dicuss my awful experience in dealing with Debbi Lawrence and her operation. Please provide your contact information so that I may get in touch with you.

There are additional instances and people that you can even speak to that have had the same bad result in dealings with Debbi Dolls, Debra Lawrence, and Lawrence Shih-Tzus. You can speak to one here:

Elonda Womack

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http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Deborah-Lawrence/Peoria-Illinois/Deborah-LawrenceDebbies-Dolls-Stole-a-litter-of-puppies-Peoria-Illinois-434922

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AUTHOR: Nora - ()

I just came upon this report because I was looking to buy another Shih Tzu puppy from this breeder, I have 2 dogs from here and can not believe this, my dogs are the sweeties healthy puppies and I adore them, of course I never went to get the dogs myself abd witnes such picture I am so sad for this if its true because my experience with my dogs is quite diferent, my vet have ever told me nothing like that, I am really confused and woukd love to talk personal with the person reporting this....if true this is real sad, because that would mean Debb deceive me stating she only have a few dogs not as many as this report suggested! I dont know what more can I add, Deb if you read this and is not true please clean your name and prove this isnt true, if it is please do not run this kind of bussines that hurt not only the consumer but those precious dogs in your care...hope it isnt true cause Deb I trusted you and wanted to keep getting pups from you.

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