Adopted Dogs and Heartworms Follow Up
WGXA brought you a story Thursday night about an animal rescue group charging people for services it didn't provide.
We found that the group All About Animals specifically charged people who adopted dogs for a heartworm test.
When we found at least two dogs from the group infected with heartworm, All About Animals admitted it took the money to help cover financial problems and hadn't done the tests.
In that story we introduced you to Jackson and his owner Mary Bowman Hampton. Mrs. Hampton adopted Jackson from All About Animals and was told he was healthy and heartworm free...She later found out he has an advanced case of heartworms.
All About Animals admitted in an email that there was a period of time when, due to finances, they were not testing for heartworms.
Our story was met on our website with a fury of comments from people who misinterpreted the story and claimed we had intentions to close All About Animals and other shelters.
Anne Brennaman wrote: "Heart worms are common in dogs coming out of a pound. You expect the rescues, who charge $125 to $150 per dog to do all the vetting (spay/neuter, shots, heartworm test) and if they are heartworm positive pay up to $800 to have it treated then turn around and adopt it for their fee?"
But as we pointed out in the story, All About Animals told me and others who adopted dogs that it had tested for heartworm and charged for it as part of its $150 fee.
I love my dog Winston and was glad to be able to pay for treatment for heartworm. Mary Bowman Hampton said the same.
We're not sure what would have happened to other dogs adopted by families that couldn't afford the treatment
Jacque Avant wrote: "If you follow the rescues here in middle georgia, as far as i know they have them all heartworm tested when they have them vetted. I am very disappointed that you would go on the air with no more information than what you seem to have. All these groups are angels without wings that are doing their best with no financial help except what they raise in donations.."
As i said in the closing of the story last night, we here at WGXA are not suggesting potential pet owners avoid All About Animals or any pet rescue for that matter. The group admitted it was wrong to charge for services it didn't perform. And as we pointed out: mistakes can happen, so when you adopt your pet have it tested at your vet. The tests are quick, inexpensive, and accurate. And it could save your pets life.