Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Watch for underage pups

From page A1 | December 21, 2012 | 1 Comment

On the cold morning of Monday, Dec. 10, Frances DuBrel made a stop at the Missouri Flat Road Wal-Mart on her way to a meeting. At the entrance, she encountered a Latina woman with her daughter. They were selling what DuBrel was led to believe were 8-week-old miniature poodles from a blanket-lined shopping cart. DuBrel would soon find out that not all was as it seemed.

“There were three puppies,” DuBrel recalled, noting that the woman said there had originally been six. “They were real teeny; they weren’t covered with the blanket.”

DuBrel and her boyfriend, Scotty, had been talking about getting another dog as a companion for their 5-year-old miniature pinscher, Marty. DuBrel began asking the woman questions, thinking this would be the perfect opportunity.

“I asked about shots, how old they were, if they were healthy,” she said. “All that kind of basic stuff.” The woman replied that they were 8 weeks old, they were eating solid food soaked in milk, they were purebred, but they did not have shots. She was selling them for $100. DuBrel picked up one of the dogs and found it was covered in urine. This, however, did not deter her.

“I went ahead and I purchased a dog. I brought it home, gave it a bath and it napped for an hour,” she said, noting she ended up skipping her meeting. While she initially believed she had picked out a female, her dog was, upon further inspection, a male. She nicknamed the dog JoJo. JoJo started to mouth DuBrel’s finger “and I realized JoJo has no teeth. That’s not good, he’s not 8 weeks old,” she said. “I immediately loaded the dogs into the car, around 2 p.m.” She called Animal Control, but they were unable to get an officer to the Wal-Mart in time, she said.

She took JoJo to Dr. Alton Raymond at the Placerville Animal Wellness Clinic. The veterinarian told her the dog was not 8 weeks old and was closer to three weeks, “too young to be away from the mother,” DuBrel said. At that young, DuBrel was told the dog could suffer from hypothermia, malnutrition and dehydration. Knowing this, and knowing there were two other dogs in the cart, with at least one of those sold, she gave a statement to Animal Control.

What the woman selling the dogs did could be illegal, said Henry Brzezinski of Animal Control, especially if she is a breeder. As defined by the Penal Code, a breeder is someone who has sold at least three litters or 20 dogs in the past year. Federal laws also deal with the wholesale setup, he said.

“We did an investigation after we received that complaint,” he said, referring to DuBrel’s call. “We take it quite seriously.” Going off information they had, they followed up on a lead. “We suspected a particular person and followed up,” he said, “but it was not that person. If we do find the person, we will take them into custody.”

Brzezinski also noted that 8 weeks was too young for a puppy to be sold. “It’s too young to take away from its mother,” he said, “for the health of the puppy.”

He noted some breeders “try to push (the puppies) out at six weeks, but they need immunities” that they get from the mother, “and from a socialization standpoint, they need interaction with the other puppies.” He said selling the dogs too early could lead to a “plethora of problems.”

The sale of the puppies in front of Wal-Mart could also be an infraction or misdemeanor, he said, as it is considered “roadside” selling. Under Health and Safety Code 597.4, it is illegal to “Display or offer for sale, or display or offer to give away as part of a commercial transaction, a live animal, if the act of selling or giving away the live animal is to occur on any street, highway, public right of way, parking lot, carnival, or boardwalk.” This is in addition to, he said, certain types of dogs requiring a permit to sell, as well as zoning issues for where the dog is being sold.

In all, with Christmas days away and the practice of giving children a new puppy under the tree, DuBrel simply wanted people to be aware that dogs have been sold underage. Double-check for any indicators that the dog may not be 8 weeks old, she warned, or unintended expenses — such as the costly vitamins and special food required for JoJo — could be incurred.


Discussion | 1 comment

  • Misty KatzDecember 23, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    Thank you Frances for looking out for the welfare of these puppies. Hope JoJo is doing well despite his rough start in life.

    Reply | Report abusive comment


EDH Fire Dept. annexing Latrobe

By Noel Stack | From Page: A1

Motorcycle fatality in Greenwood

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

Greenwood School being restored

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Cal Fire increasing staffing, hiring

By Cal Fire | From Page: B1

EID restricts watering days

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A1, 9 Comments

Lover’s Leap fall injures man

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A1

Tea Party meeting April 17

By Tea Party Patriots Of El Dorado Hills | From Page: A3

Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking May 1

By El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition | From Page: A6

Floating body not a body

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A7

Old mill a goner

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A11, 2 Comments | Gallery



My turn: A fair California flat income tax

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

DA Pierson has been outstanding

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 4 Comments



A great big thanks

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Murder? Suicide?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

‘Drive Clean’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Middle class getting poorer?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Real estate lies

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment



Outside with Charlie: Switch gear

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A8

Ponderosa volleyball is a family affair

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Aussie team makes visit

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A8

Griz have challenging day

By Mike Bush | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Roundup: April 15, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery



At a glance: Take aim on fun

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

Men to walk a mile in her shoes

By Center For Violence-Free Relationships | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Runners stampede for Sugarloaf scholarships

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Team works to fight disease

By Placerville Kiwanis | From Page: B3

COOL School is accepting applications

By Rescue Union | From Page: B4

Band of Miwoks fund mission

By Shingle Springs Band Of Miwok Indians | From Page: B12



Crime Log: March 25-27

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Weather stats 4-15-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2



Ronald Russell Rohrer

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Numa Edward “Ed” Roberts

By Contributor | From Page: A2


Real Estate




By Contributor | From Page: A10


By Contributor | From Page: A10

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A10


By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A10


By Contributor | From Page: A10

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A10