High Lonesome Ranch, Inc. Jim & Marcy Lilly Shepadoodle breeders misrepresented dog and sold dog infested with parasites. Birch River, West Virginia
Jim and Marcy Lilly of High Lonesome Ranch, Inc., Shepadoodle and Dachshund dog breeders, advertised two older shepadoodles for sale on their website. They claimed that they were housebroken, in their own words, Crate trained, leash trained, House-broken... all the work has been done for you! The dog that I bought from them has clearly never been remotely housetrained. She has no concept of where to go to the bathroom, despite our frequent, routine walks and our effusive praise when she does go outside. We have had her for two weeks now and she still pees and poops inside the house, nearly daily, just like a brand new pup who has never had any housebreaking training. The dog is a hybrid German Shepherd - Poodle, two of the three most intelligent breeds, so if she were housebroken she would know by now to indicate in some way her need to go outside. When I confronted the issue with Marcy, she told me that the dogs were left outside all day on their farm and only ever brought in at night when they were then crated. How could she claim then that the dogs are housebroken?? I have adopted shelter dogs who indicated from nearly day one their need to go to the bathroom.
Further, I brought the dog home on a Friday night and took her to the vet first thing on Monday, as she was extremely lethargic and bony. The vet diagnosed her with two parasite infestations, Hookworm, which is easily transmitted to people through not only stool, but also skin and fur, and Whipworms. The breeders were aware through our e-mail and phone conversations that we have two young children. They were obliged as breeders to have had the dog undergo a wellness exam, including a stool exam, within ten days of selling the dog. They neglected to do this. Now the combination of the dog being entirely unhousebroken and infested with parasites has created a lot of stress in our household, including for our children who are made to wash their hands whenever they touch the dog; my son won't pet the dog as a result. Marcy Lilly has refused to pay for the vet bill for the parasites, despite her admitted negligence in not having the dog tested prior to the sale.
Another contentious issue is that Marcy and Jim Lilly claim that the dog is six months old. Two vets, however, on two separate occassions, have estimated her age to be nearer to one year old, based on the size of her teeth and the tarter build up. The breeders' claim is made more dubious by their saying that the other older shepadoodle for sale, from the same two parents, is ten months old. This would mean that the female dog had a two litters a mere four months apart. Even if that were biologically possible, it is bad breeding.
A big red flag that I did not heed was that the other older shepadoodle they were selling , a white male whom they call Mr. Fluffy Dude, was exceedingly avoidant- clearly not socialized. Another apparent deception occurred when I asked Jim and Marcy when we met in person whether they had intended to breed these two older dogs they had for sale. They answered at the same time, Marcy saying, No and Jim saying, Yes.
If you are shopping for a shepadoodle or a dachshund, please look further than High Lonesome Ranch, Inc. Jim and Marcy Lilly misrepresented their dogs and refused to take financial responsibility for their negligence in selling a parasite-infested dog to a family with young children.