ED Magedson – Founder
Monique Michelle Matthews2003 8th St Arcadia, California United States of America
I am a victim of this woman and I have thousands of dollars of debt in Vet bills for my loved Charlie a purebred boston terrier who most definitely is not. 1. We almost lost him in his first month.
We bought Charlie from Michelle at her home in Arcadia. She had many other dogs running around, and the place smelled like dog, though the home was beautiful. Michelle was a pretty blond woman who seemed very trustworthy. We picked out Charlie from 2 boston terrier pups, and paid $950 for him. He is the a beautiful dog, but as he grew larger and meatier, we knew he was not full boston terrier.
When we purchased him, he had a deformed front right leg. Our vet recommended to take the dog back, but we were already way to attached to him. When we contacted Michelle, we were offered a small refund for the pup (about $300), as she claimed she could just resell him to somebody else after having the leg fixed from her vet friends. [continued below]....
A month later, Charlie got extremely sick, to the point where he looked to be dying on our couch at 10 p.m. at night. He wouldn't move, stared with lifeless eyes to nowhere. He wouldn't make eye contact, he was completely abnormal. With tears in our eyes, we brought him to an emergency vet, where he was quickly diagnosed with parvo virus.
The doctors told us he had very little chance of living, but she said she could "see in his eyes that he wanted to live". This doctor saved his life, because without guaranteeing me survival, she somehow felt confident he could pull through despite his chances. We left him there over night for about $1000 in the ICU and then transfered him to our local vet to try and save money.
There, they found out Charlie didn't just have Parvo, but he also had Giardia and Coccidia. Thousands of dollars later, this miracle dog somehow made it through and we brought him home.
While he was at the vet, we had them do a wisdom panel. We have found him as 50% Boston, 25% Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and 25% bulldog.
He is now one year old, and he has grown completely abnormally. Charlie has severe hip dysplasia and we are most likely going to be looking at a $15,000 hip replacement for him to have any quality of life in the future, or put him in a dog wheelchair. His front leg ended up growing up healthy, but his hips are in horrible shape.
As much as I love Charlie, and as amazing of a soul and heart as he has, it pains me to wonder "what's next" with him. I will never be confident in his health, and will always have that "what's next" mentality with him. I have taken out pet insurance to help ease the pain.
I am trying to band together with other victims of this evil woman. She does not care about life, or her victims. She is selling sad, sick animals to excited new pet parents, and she can sleep at night doing it.
We need to put a stop to this - please come together with me!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/04/2009 07:24 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Monique-Michelle-Matthews/Arcadia-California-91006/Monique-Michelle-Matthews-Elite-Board-Shop-animal-abuse-puppy-mill-bad-breeder-parvo-534121. 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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