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Complaint Review: Tier Haven Rescue & Training

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  • Submitted: Tue, March 22, 2011
  • Updated: Mon, June 04, 2012

  • Reported By: 4FurryFriends — New Albany Indiana U.S.A.
Tier Haven Rescue & Training
2498 Benson Creek Rd., Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 40342 Louisville, Kentucky United States of America

Tier Haven Rescue & Training The ARK Project & Rescue Pet Adoption Gone Wrong - Mis-led with a Dog with Health Issues! Louisville, Kentucky

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We contacted Tier Haven Rescue to adopt a German Shepherd posted on their website.

They brought him out to our home to meet our current dog for a "meet and greet" session.

While at my home, I asked the rescue lady about a large bump on his stomac.  I was told it was a normal part of the neutering, which they had just done.  I am not a doctor, I have no clue what I'm looking at, and I took her at her word.

At his first Vet visit 6 weeks later, the doctor told me that bump on his stomac was actually an external hernia, that was bulging out of his body and would require surgery to fix him.  He also had to be de-wormed, even though the Rescue claimed he had already been de-wormed and kept on regular heartworm and anti-worm pills.

When confronted about the "ommission" their only response was "pay us the $200 adoption fee or we'll come take the dog back."

They present themselves as dog lovers just trying to find good homes.  I would not adopt from them again.  If you are considering them... caveat emptor.

After all this I did send them the $200 because that was what we agreed to and that's the honest thing to do, and god only knows given his condition when he left how long he would make it if they took him back.

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AUTHOR: Scottishlass - (USA)

I am not part of the Tier Haven Rescue mentioned here and don't even live in the state.  I was googling for GSD rescues in KY and came across this post.  Just a few things to throw out for consideration. 

First, naval hernias are in fact very common and frequently do show up after spay/neuter.  99.99% of vets will tell you "Forget it, next time your dog is under anesthesia remind us about it and we'll remove it." I agree the rescue shouldn't have just written it off so quickly, but being in rescue myself I do understand that we get used to things that are not "big deals" from a medical standpoint.  This type of hernia is super simple to deal with and very minor stuff.  As for the worms:  if there were an easy way to get rid of worms rescue would be the first ones to jump for joy.  Dogs often require multiple treatments for worms - the life cycle is generally 3 weeks and depending on the type of worm and degree of infestation, it can take many dewormings to catch them all.   One or two dewormings is NOT a guarantee!  What's more, common worms occur in the everyday environment and dogs can pick them up in the park or on a walk, or by licking their paws after stepping in the feces of a dog who has them.  Worm-free dogs can get worms!

I am so sorry you had this experience.  It honestly sounds more like a communication problem than anything else.  I hope you will understand that those of us in rescue get so tired to the bone, dealing 24/7with the incredible neglect and cruelty, that it's easy to lose our communication skills in the endless rush.  I hope you will give these folks the benefit of the doubt.   I just met someone who also adopted from this group and she had nothing but good things to say about them.  Here's hoping your experience was the exception!
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