My mother in law adopted a shitzu on November 29th for her 85 year old mother. On the 5th of December she showed signs of a runny nose. She was taken to the vet and given antibiotics and told if she was not better by the following Wednesday to bring her back in. In the days following she developed a cough and her mucus got worse. She was taken back to the vet and given a cough pill. Again, told if not better in a week bring her back. Grandma, unable to wrestle dog to give her her meds, I offered to help nurse her until she was better. The following day I took her to the vet after no signs of improvement. By this time dog has stopped eating or drinking. I was doing my best to keep her hydrated but it didn't seem to help. Vet recommended to swab her eyes and throat for cultures to send off to be tested to figure out what was going on. Also gave her an IV and vitamins and was told she has tapeworms. When results came back she tested positive for Distemper, Kennel Cough and Mycoplasma. We were told there was not a cure for Distemper and only more care and money would help the dog survive. At this point almost $2,000 had been put into the dog, and me being pregnant with two other dogs in the house I could not nurse the dog any longer nor risk my dogs getting sick so I let my grandma in law know what the vet said and she made the decision to put the dog down. Another $100. When she was adopted she had not been spayed yet & were told she had to be spayed by a certain date or we would be fined. I called animal control to let them know that the dog was being put down so we could avoid a fee and let the woman know what the vet said she she proceeded to argue with me that there was no way the dog got sick from their facility. I was told by vet she absolutely had to of already been sick when we got her. I do not recommend getting a dog from here. Unless you want to sink money into a dog you will then have to put down. She was a sweet dog. Terrible what happened to her.
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I adopted two cats in august. I then took them in September to get fixed. After this I took my contract in for proof and seemed like everything was good. Couple months later i got a letter from the police department saying i would get a fine if i didnt prove my cats were fixed. Called them about this and they told me they didnt have my contract on file. They lost my paperwork then contacted the police. This place is horrible and needs to be rubbed better. Thank god i still have my contract to prove them otherwise.
I am secretary of a large breed rescue group in Texas. We occasionally are asked to rescue dogs from Odessa AC, but are first asked to fill out a long contract which asks us to agree to things we cannot do - for example, not tell anyone a dog came from Odessa AC, which means we cannot help with transportation or tell a prospective adopter what they want most to know. Odessa should be proud to let people know that they work with rescue groups as required by state law, not try to keep it a secret. We adopt out over 200 dogs a year and nearly all came from animal control agencies who contacted us first, required nothing other than proof of our 501c3 status and sometimes proof of spay or neuter.