Man Unable to get Dog Back from Animal Shelter

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In Stockton, California, Dexter Vernon’s Husky-Malamute mix was taken from his backyard.  The dog had been found by the Stockton Animal Services, and was seriously injured.  Now, Vernon is being told that he needs to come up with $800 to cover expenses while his dog was being treated and held there.

The dog was taken from his backyard on Easter Sunday.  After this he had called the Stockton Animal Shelter daily, and posted flyers and signs, but couldn’t locate his furry friend.

Later, through a Facebook post on the Northern California Sled Dog Rescue page, Vernon found out his dog was badly hurt, and may have been burned by acid.  Now the rescue group is trying to raise $10,000 for the dog’s treatments and care.

When Vernon tried to call the rescue group directly, no one answered.  He called the city shelter as well, where they told him that he would first have to come up with $800 to cover the treatments given to the dog while in their care.  Otherwise, he will not get the dog back.

“Now they are telling me I owe $800 if I want my dog back,” said Vernon.  “That’s a lot of money.  I don’t have that kind of money at this point in my life right now.”

The shelter is claiming that the fees are for one day of lodging, along with treatments and care given to the dog.  Vernon has said he isn’t even able to get a straight answer as to who has custody of his dog at the moment.

All Vernon says he wants to know is how his dog is, and exactly what he has got to do to get his dog back.

0 thoughts on “Man Unable to get Dog Back from Animal Shelter”

  1. I would just be so happy to have my dog back i would sell my car or whatever I had to to get him back. Though the animal shelter were pricks to hold his dog ranson. that is just evil.

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    • I am with you 1000%! I was in the military and travel a whole lot and accumulated a ton of stuff I will probably never use or have room for. I would have had a major freaking garage sale and notified the TV and newspaper to get a huge outcome then I would have help a bidding auction to get what I needed and donated the other profit a different local rescue or shelter. I would have gotten my dog back…come hell or high water. That’s just me….no way would they want the negative publicity all of my antics would have bought to their doorstep.

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  2. Leo King, if you look on Craigslist.org for your area I’m sure you can find someone who is in a desperate situation needing to re-home their dog (due to a move, foreclosure, etc) who doesn’t want to bring it to a shelter where it will be put to sleep. Chances are those people will charge only a token fee to make sure you’re sincere. You could be saving a dog, especially if you’re willing to adopt an older dog who would have stood little chance at the pound.

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  3. So if a human family member were kidnapped and assaulted, would one not expect to have to pay the hospital/doctor fees incurred to save the person’s life? Hopefully the shelter will accept payments over time, but bottom line is, dog owner needs to shut up, pony up, and be thankful.

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    • Yes, perhaps the owner should be responsible for fair cost of treating his dog. BUT, to use your example, if a human family member were to be kidnapped and injured, then rescued and treated, THE HOSPITAL WOULDN’T HOLD THAT PERSON NOT RETURNING HIM/HER TO THE FAMILY!!! The family would have to pay medical bills, but there wouldn’t be any question of not returning the victim to his family. Good grief!

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  4. Leo G King, try fostering a dog through a rescue group. The rescue groups I have worked with pay for all the dogs vet care and expenses. I am in the military and would love to have 20 dogs but moving every few years is an issue. I have begun fostering and currently have 3 dogs and 6 kittens and I love it!!! People always ask me if its hard giving them up when I get attached to my foster animal and sometimes it is. But knowing that because of my fostering until a suitable adoptive home is found guarantees these animals will not be euthanized makes it easy to give them up to the new owners and move another one out of the shelter and into my care.

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    • Kudos’s to you , not many people consider fostering. I have myself considered it except i already have four dogs all different sizes . Two of them are rescued dogs one was a stray & the other i adopted from the Humane society . I applaud you !

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    • Anonymous. People ask me the same thing about fostering. I specialize in special needs animals. These animals are given up because the owner either doesn’t want to or can’t afford the medication. They would most likely be euthanized if I didn’t foster them and I rather save them, get attached, then see them go to a good home then the alternative.

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  5. Why not just adopt the dog? This happened to friend of mine. He could not afford the bill for vet care which was over 1,000 so he sent a friend the dog did not know to adopt the dog. Cost? $35.00. Sneaky, maybe but the dog got to go home to a family that loved him. If you don’t have the money you have to do what you have to.

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  6. Waaah Waaah Waah
    If this man had come home and found his dog injured he would have had to take it to the veteranarian and pay for its care! How is this any different?!? – He is still responsible for the bill!
    If you can not afford to care for your pet (including unforseen illnesses and injuries) DO NOT HAVE PETS!
    Spay and neuter people! (And, if you are not planning on spaying/neutering – or can not afford it; DO NOT HAVE PETS!

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  7. Our Lilly had a spinal defect detected when she was 9. We had a “specialist” do the surgery, they botched it and we got a dead dog and a bill for $10,000.00.

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    • OMgosh……I am sooo very sorry for your lost. That is a disgrace….what on earth were they thinking?? They had the audacity to want you to pay after they screwed up….I hope you sought legal help. Or at lease exposed them to the world by calling the news?

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