Heritage Farms Kennel Dog Breeders / pomsky puppy
Do not adopt from these Missouri dog breeders. My partner and I had been searching for a reputable dog breeder for a few months before we stumbled across Heritage Farms in North Eastern Missouri. They claimed to be super ethical dog breeders who are kennel-less. They even said all their dogs sleep in their bed and live in the house. They trick you by saying their god loving people who treat their dogs like family. All the dogs are supposed to come trained (house trained, crate trained, leash trained, basic commands and they are exposed to other dogs and kids) "All the hardwork is done for you!"
We purchased our new pup July 27th, 2018. We met Kate and her husband, Mark Ritter in Wentville, MO. Our pup had no idea how to walk on a leash, and started pulling away from it. Mark made the joke, "If you don't walk on the leash, we can't claim you're leash trained." They gave us vet papers, list of all the vaccines (only one), Nexguard (flea medicine), and other medication names that I didn't know at the time. She never explained any of this.
We took him home. Fleas were jumping off him in the car and coming to the surface. I picked off about 5-6 fleas before we even got home. He was infested. I wrote it off initially because he lived on a farm, until I gave him a flea bath. Around this time, we noticed our new pup would cower everytime we came close. The first couple days was spent leash training him and potty training (he clearly knew nothing of either) He never responded to his name, either. As if it were the first time hearing it.
My partner did extensive research on them after all this. We found out Mark Ritter was a part of Cornerstone Farms. This dog breeding facility made national news for being cruel and unethical, they were shut down in 2016. He has only had one complaint on him, his two mom dogs were so skinny their spines and pelvic regions were protruding. Regardless, he was a part of the Cornerstone operation before they shut down, and appears in their facebook cover photo. *photo below
We made a vet visit immediately after this. The vet told us he had a severe flea infestation, worm infestation, ear infection, and the kicker? He was much older than 9 months. He was a year and a half old. They looked at all the medications Kate had listed. 4 were heavy dewormers, all given within 3 weeks before we met him. She had never given him Nexguard, otherwise he wouldn't have fleas, and the vet papers claimed he was free of all external and internal parasites which was a lie. He was infested both inside and out. The vet papers were from a day before meeting them in Wentville.
Here are the facts:
1. Everything on their website is a lie. These dogs more than likely live in cages outside. Your new "pup" will NOT come potty trained, leash trained, or literally anything else they claim. Ours was a year and a half old and he had no idea what any of this was at all.
2. Our pup was NOT 9 months old. Our vet proved that to be impossible and we happened to find Facebook posts that are dated from July 17th, 2017 where our dog was 13 weeks old. This would make him a year and a half old *photo posted
3. Our pup came infested with fleas, worms, and had a ear infection. Does this sound like a breeder who cares about their dogs? No. He never even responded to his name. We have proof that she had no idea which dog was which. *Photo posted
DO NOT BUY FROM THIS BREEDER!
Updated by donotbuyfrommarkritter, Aug 02, 2018