Chico animal rescue under fire

Several people are accusing a local animal rescue of adopting out sick dogs.

Posted: May 16, 2019 12:08 AM
Updated: May 23, 2019 9:52 AM

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board are investigating. several people are accusing a local animal rescue of adopting out sick dogs... our stephanie lin asked the founder of wags and whiskers about these claims. nats...cough...cou gh... it's the noise no dog owner wants to hear.... you could hear the wheezing, his stomach just contracting the sound of your best friend, slowly dying. the vet said, 'i don't even know how he's made it this far"... and i was like...oh my god. chico state student chelsea camara (cam-air- a) adopted little boy blu in april. but just weeks later, camara says, she was forced to put the puppy down... and she blames "wags and whiskers"...the local rescue where she adopted him. the extent of care, they gave, was not enough. camara says blu began to cough and gag shortly after she brought him home...and claims the rescue did not give adequate care or correctly diagnose blu's condition, forcing her to take him for medical treatment at the v-c-a. not even 20 minutes later, their veterinarian did one chest x ray and it showed the puppy had life threatening pneumonia. camara took home a $3,000 bill... and the cremated remains of her beloved blu. nats coughing dog this is not the first time wags and whiskers has been under fire. we've received claims and medical records from two other, separate parties who say they also adopted sick dogs from the rescue. reporter: does your rescue adopt out sick dogs? lucy: no. we sat down with lucy parks, executive director of wags and whiskers. reporter: is there any sort of guarantee that the dogs are healthy? lucy: no. because they come from unknown sources, shelters, unknown, because we don't know their histories before that the adoption contract states the rescue makes "every effort to make sure adopters are given a healthy pet..." but that "there may be issues" the rescue is "not aware of at the time of adoption." people can also use the rescue's medical services for 14 days after adoption... free. lucy: are some dogs going to get sick? yes. it's very unfortunate. but we have medical staff to take care of these animals, and we are never going to be 100% no matter what. in camara's case, she brought blu back to wags and whiskers to be checked out within the 14 days. they texted her saying they thought he could go home. that same day she picked the puppy up and took him to the v- c-a. blu never made it home. do you feel there could be any possible room for improvement? there's always things we can do better. i don't sit here and say that we are perfect and there's nothing we can do to make things better or different. parks says wags and whiskers has saved over 6,000 lives, many from high-kill shelters in the past 3 and a half years. and what makes her rescue different is.. it does not discriminate on which animals to save. we take all the animals we have room for, when we go to any kill shelter. nats: he nad the brightest blue eyes...hence his name, blu. camara says she is not looking for sympathy or an apology at this point... just change the way they are caring for the dogs. that's my ultimate goal here. she hopes no one has to go through what she and blu did. i don't want another college kid, another little kid get so excited about bringing a puppy home, and this happens. ### wags and whiskers did waive camara's adoption fee and offered her another dog. she says she is not ready for another pet... and has filed an official complaint with animal control. wags and whiskers says they are open to any constructive feedback from the community on how to
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