PawSafe Animal Rescue — adoption practices
On 2/25/2017, we purchased a puppy advertised as 10 weeks old from Pawsafe Animal Rescue. Dog was immediately sick with diarrhea and respiratory illness.
After 4 week course of treatment, dog was diagnosed with distemper, an extremely contagious and fatal infectious disease for dogs. This dog and others were likely infectious when they were transported into the state and sold to the consumers.
At time of purchase, we signed a contract with a picture of a dog on the contract and a handwritten dog name. We were also told we were receiving a copy of a vaccination record for the dog purchased and the dog contained a microchip.
The dog has since been euthanized but we have confirmed evidence that the dog contained no chip and the dog we adopted was not the dog represented on the contract or the health record. This is a clear breach of contract case.
Repeated emails to Diane Scuderi went unresolved. We have requested reimbursement for the cost of the dog purchased as well as all medical expenses totaling over $3, 000. Diane Scuderi does not provide a phone number for contact. Further action is pending should Diane Scuderi continue to not assist with a resolution.
I am strongly urging anyone who adopted a dog either the date of this adoption event in Carmel, NY or any adoption event by this organization to firstly - review carefully your contract and confirm animal is chipped.
If you adopted a dog that was found to have an acute illness such as distemper or parvo or any other serious infectious disease from this organization, please file a complaint with the attorney general. The more complaints they receive on one organization the more likely they will take action.
In the state of NY, there are no laws protecting the consumer from these transactions. It is most likely for this reason that Pawsafe moved from their MA operation to NY. MA has very strict laws ensuring the protection of the animal as well as public health.
Please review the following where it is reported that PawSafe was prohibited from doing business in MA:
I encourage you also to file a complaint with the NY State Department of Agriculture:
If you are considering a rescue dog, I highly encourage you to not participate in these large high volume "rescue" events from dogs from the south. And, most importantly, do your research on the organization and the laws in the state within which you purchase to know if you are protected as a consumer after the sale is made.