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Acura Cockapoos Dee Van Laan, Debra, Debbie, Deb Breeder sold me sick pup with damaged knees and other issues Irmo, South Carolina
27th of Jun, 2011 by User604335
I bought a puppy from her a few years ago and he was so sick when I got him with kennel cough, giardia and luxating patella's. We spend over 900.00 just to get him well. And then another $4,500.00 on knee surgery (total both knees) once he was older (a little over a year) and finished growing. By then he could barely walk, it was horrible. When i contacted her after getting him she first did not answer my calls or emails. When she did she said she had been on vacation to paris or some place like that. But she said I was a liar and told me to F- off. Literally! And then when I contacted her about the surgery she said pretty much the same thing. After that she started sending random emails about jesus and how I should be "saved". There is something not right with this woman. I have since talked with several others who had issues with dogs they got from her and even a couple of breeders she told she wasn't a breeder to get poodles and cockers from them. I sent a friend I met online out to her place and she told me all the dogs are crammed into small kennels that have tarps over them. She said there was mud all over the dogs and they were many matted dogs. She keeps her puppies out in the kennels with the parents. She even had one of her females kill another females puppies (stupid woman told me this herself). She lies all the time, I had a BAD feeling when I bought my pup but she refused to give back my deposit even though it had only been 2 weeks. She gives no guarantee's other then the puppy lemon law which is 6 months so I was screwed When I found out he needed surgery on his knees. He also had a really mean streak and would bite my grand children. We took him to a trainer and behaviorist. With much work he did get better. this puppy was NOT socialized and that was confirmed by the trainer, behaviorist, and vet as well as the temperament test that was done on him. He is still with us but he is a very timid dog, has been since day one! It is very sad to see this woman is still breeding. I have encouraged others I have talked with to come forward and report her. I know of one lady she sold a pup too and he was really mean and would attack the family. The dog never got better even with work. they gave the dog back and she "adopted" it out for more $$. I have done much research on this greeder and she has a pretty scary past. Stay away from her please. If you cannot go and see the place yourself and meet the breeder in person, then go elsewhere. there are many good breeders out there. I have since gotten 2 more from another breeder locally and wow it was a totally different experience. Yes I could have returned the pup, at my expense and I would not have gotten my money back, which I really do not care about at this point. But I was not going to send this poor pup back to her. And also he was sick and could not legally be flown back to her. Also, when you ask to see the parents OFA and CERF information she stalled, giving me the run around and saying she would fax it, then said she would mail it, and I NEVER got to see the results. I did some checking and she hasn't done testing on her breeders in many years. She is constantly getting rid of breeding dogs and buying more. I have reported her to the BBB (joke there) and to animal control in her city. When I checked back they said they found problems and was told she had to correct them. So I guess she put some cement in the "kennels" and some covers over the runs she has them crammed in. This "woman" also will not allow you to visit the puppies to pick one out. She claims her vet said it is dangerous and you could bring in stuff to her puppies. Well I talked to her vet and he said he NEVER told her that and that Dee and her family can just as easily bring parvo and stuff in to the pups. This is a ploy some kennels use to keep you from seeing where the pups are really kept and how they care for them. Do NOT buy from anyone who will not allow you to meet the parents and the puppies. You can see the puppies without touching them. Also, I know for a fact she had parvo run through her kennel and she lost a bunch of puppies. Parvo is impossible to get rid of from your property. She can deny all this all she wants but Many of us know the truth about her. You decide who to believe. On her web site she warns people that people are making up stories about her... She says
"Ripoff report was set up to be a site that is beneficial to consumers, but it is much more than that as you know. It is set up to also extort money from companies. Ripoff Report (ROR) takes anonymous complaints with no regard
to the truth, if the complaint is slander or harassment and post them on the internet. If you see a report such as this on the internet about Acura Cockapoos, please contact me! My dogs are very precious, well taken care of! I have my vet, my groomers as well as those who have come here who can attest to the wonderful love & care provided to
each and every adult and puppy!" PS: She grooms her dogs herself, she shaves them down after they mat.
4567 days ago by Pullo
Purchased a puppy from this breeder in July 2011. Several issues with the pup. Need advice.
4457 days ago by The Owl
Purchased a BEAUTIFUL boyo! Dee uses him on her website page! ! However. . .as the vet says he has wires crossed! He bit be at five months! If bothered when he is tired, in his crate or whenever inconvenient LOOK OUT! I move carefully but in between he is well loved! Not his fault but certainly not what folks of our age were planning on! Four years later we and our groomer know what to look for! The eyes change! And HE will attack! The vet has FIVE red stars on his chart! Have almost put him down twice! Hate to do so as long as we remain in control! (???) He is on Prosack and Compose! Sigh! Husband says t'was either him or us! Rather frightening to have a dog so un-wired! I have had many dogs in my life and never one that bit the hand that feeds him!
4374 days ago by DVL
TO OWL: Nancy, as the breeder of Teddy, I have to comment. You contacted me when Teddy first started showing signs of aggression and you indicated that even tho I offered you to return him for $ or puppy, wanted to keep him and work with him since your husband is a vet and you felt God put him in the best place for him. In the last four years since then, we have corresponded many times about how Teddy was not getting better, on medication, you having to consider putting him to sleep, etc. Each time we talked I made the same offers of replacement, I offered to come and get Teddy to put him to sleep so you wouldn't haveto do that, I offered advice, a listening ear, and empathy. Anything else I could have done I would have but I didn't have anything else to give. Since you refused any kind of help I am very confused as to why you would post such a comment on a forum such as this without indicating that I did try to help, did all I could for you, only complain. What else would you want me to do more than I already have done for you and your Teddy.

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