• Report: #1005946
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Pet Doxie

  • Submitted: Wed, January 30, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, January 30, 2013

  • Reported By: Liz — Tamaqua Pennsylvania United States of America
Pet Doxie
18 Prospect Drive, Somerville, NJ 08876 Internet United States of America

Pet Doxie Doxie Garden Puppies carrying deadly genetic disorder-Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis Internet

*Consumer Comment: Consumer comment

*Author of original report: Not Harrassment

*Consumer Comment: 2 rescue 6 month old dogs

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In December of 2011, I purchased a six month old puppy from Elena Sass after finding the advertisement on www.doxiegarden.com. The dog was found to have a genetic disorder called
Neuronal Ceroid Lipfuscinoses (NCLs); this disease does not manifest symptoms until the puppy is nine to 12 months old. The condition is rare and it took me from May of this year to October of this year to come to a definitive diagnosis. This was after spending well over $3000 in vet bills.   I can almost guarantee with certainty that most people do not know what is wrong with their puppies because they do not have $3000 to put out in finding a diagnosis.  I wanted nothing more than to find a cure to make my Nellie better so I spent the money until I came up with a diagnosis and unfortunately there is no cure. This disease is deadly and according to all statistics, I am fortunate to still have Nellie at 20 months of age.  I know it is the love and care she receives in my home that keeps her going. 

I contacted Elena on May 18, 2012 via email and  informed her that I thought something wasn't
right and asked her if any of her dogs displayed any symptoms. At that point, I was basically told everything was perfect with her dogs and it could not be genetic. "I only breed my dogs once they are two years old and they only ever get bred once and then they go live on my grandmother's farm."  What a crock of bullshit.  Does she think I don't have papers to now know that the mom was only nine months old and the dad 11 months when they were bred.  I did not know this until I fought to get the registration papers from her (which took 10 weeks from time of pick-up).  I honestly cannot even be sure the papers are real.  

I contacted her again in October after having a more definitive diagnosis, but still not confirmed.  I sent her all documentation from my veterinarian regarding the care and diagnostic work-up I have had over the last year. At that point in October, I finally had confirmation/diagnosis of the NCLs genetic disorder.

I copied and both emailed and mailed her the documentation of Unfitness and medical expenses on
October 26, 2012. To the date of this complaint, I have no response besides a few emails telling me she is no longer in business in New Jersey and that she is living in Russia. I believe these facts to be lies, as a new acquaintance of mine just recently purchased a puppy from her less than six weeks ago. Elena still has not provided that new puppy owner with the AKC papers that were
promised at the time of purchase, so I am therefore, concerned that her dog too may have this genetic disorder.

The genetic disorder normally causes loss of life within the first 15 months. I am very fortunate that my Nellie, is still alive and I have been working with the University of Missouri research program for this disorder. My hopes when I contacted Elena were that she would become involved in the research program and have all her dogs tested and stop breeding those carrying the recessive gene for the disease.  I hate to see any new puppy owner go through what I have over the last year.  It is terrible to love a puppy so much and then find out she will only be part of your life for a very short time. 

Initially, I had no intention of asking for monetary reimbursement for medical expenses as well as
the cost of the puppy; as there is no money that can replace what I am about to lose when I lose Nellie. It was not about the money, it was my request to have her become involved in the Research program and stop breeding those dogs carrying this devastating gene.  I was informed on October 26, 2012 at 6:19 p.m. that she would "be able to take care of everything" when she received her immigration papers to return to the state. To date, I have not heard a single thing from her.   Interestingly, that same evening, she replied to an inquiry from her new website and was willing to set-up a visit to meet and select a puppy for the following weekend.   Lies!  Lies!  Lies! Believe me I was really tempted to show up on her doorstep and just punch her in the face, but then I would be the one going to jail and she is not worth it.  
Whether related or not to my complaint, she has since my initial discussions she has stopped using the
www.doxiegarden  website and began using a website called Petdoxie.com.  She also does not use her name, Yelena on the website anymore, it is now "Tiger".  What an appropriate name because this lady is definitely a tiger who continues to attack innocent people by selling her unhealthy puppies.   I know for a fact that this is her and that she is still living at the same address I purchased Nellie.  I know this because I responded to her using the original website a few days after I filed my initial concerns with her.  She replied to that email (I made a new email address just for this inquiry) and referred me to her new website. And interestingly, despite her failure to respond to my follow-up on the Unfitness request in October, she has again responded to another inquiry sent through her website related to puppies she has available (December 12, 2012).  All these are signs of fraud from my viewpoint.   

I do not want to return the puppy to her as I know she will not receive the love and care she is
receiving. Although I know I will not have much longer with Nellie, I want what is best for her.  Even more important to me than the money, is that I do not want her to be allowed to continue to breed
her dogs until she has them all tested for this devastating and very debilitating genetic disorder.   I know she cannot be forced into becoming involved in the research program through the University of Missouri, though it would be very helpful if she would.

I have the confirmation email that she had read my email on October 31, 2012 at 10:45 p.m.
This email contained all the documentation of vet bills, the unfit certification, and my written request for retention of my animal and reimbursement for the veterinary fees incurred prior to the date I received my vets certification of unfitness.  

Please do not purchase a puppy from her as you will only end up  with a broken heart and extreme medical expenses.  This lady needs to be shut down and shut down fast.     

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#1 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Rose - ()

I’m really sorry for your troubles. I just imagined myself in your situation. This story is very tragic. 

I've read all kinds of stuff about this breeder on the Internet lately. But fortunately for me  I have purchased 3 healthy loveable darlings from her. The first one I bought 5 years ago. 

I have to say that the genetic disorders are not always parents or breeder’s liability. Nature itself designed in such manner that it tries different variations of genes. Perhaps in hopes that better creation will result. It is how nature becomes filled with diverse variety of plants and animals.

Most successful gene combination continues to thrive while less successful are eliminated. Because of human interference unhealthy pets continue to thrive under loving care of breeders and owners alike. We all applaud to the people who do this for the pets no matter what!

In this case blaming the breeder for genetic mistakes is the same as Down syndrome or any genetically sick child will blame his parents. Any family can have child with genetic disorder from two very healthy parents. That’s been proven long time ago. 

Life is not as simple as we think. It doesn’t divide breeders into “good” and “bad”. Any breeder can have his or her dogs produce sick puppy for no reason from time to time.

 I know for sure that she is doing everything she is able to for her dogs. She really gives a lot of care. She doesn’t have to, but when the puppy is going to a new home she give free carrier bag, food, vitamins, treats. I have not heard of another breeder doing the same thing. I’m planning on adopting another puppy from her very soon.

I sincerely hope that you live through your tragedy and your life will go on.

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Not Harrassment

AUTHOR: Liz - ()

If this breeder, Elena Sass supposedly sold me one of the puppies from the poor woman she describes (which you offered and I did not take) then she has provided me with false documentation (registration papers).  

Nellie's registration papers specifically say ELENA SASS was the breeder of the dog I purchased.  It also shows Chester and Baby Naomi as the parents. These were dogs she posted as her breeders on her former website.

I did not wait over a year and then begin harrassing her.  I notified her immediately upon development of symptoms less than five months after I purchased the puppy.  All I was provided in return was one excuse and lie after the other... "I am in Russia"  "I am trying to get my daughter back"  "I will take are of things when I return to US"  "I no longer breed"  "This is my ex-husband's fault".  I still have all the documentation including emails. 

It is breeders like Elena Sass that give the whole breeding industry a bad name.   BTW, I lost my Nellie in late March of this year....the poor thing just continually declined on a daily basis even with the best care.  She would have turned two years on July 15th.  Rest in peace Nellie!   

Althought her websites are apparently down, i believe she is still selling puppies probably using other internet resources such as breeders.net.  If purchasing a puppy in the Somerville, New Jersey area, I would be careful it is not from this breeder.  

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#3 Consumer Comment

2 rescue 6 month old dogs

AUTHOR: Elena - ()

This lady didn’t adopt a puppy from my dogs family. She adopted one out of 2 rescue 6 month old dogs I had fostered. Both dogs belonged to an older lady who had a stroke. Her family brought both of them for boarding while lady was recovering in a nursing home. However, her condition got worse and she stayed in a nursing home. The boarding charge became so high that family decided that they don’t want the dogs.

I had no previous knowledge what had happened to any of them while they were living with this elderly lady. It is possible that dogs may been neglected or one was hit by the car and end up with neurological problems, I don’t know. Since the dogs weren’t mine the only adoption fee was boarding charge. Dogs had all shots and were healthy for adoption. I haven’t heard from this lady for over a year and all of the sudden she started harassing me with e-mails. I gave her names of the previous owner but it wasn't enough...

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