DO NOT BUY PUPPIES FROM: "VERNETTA COCKRUM/GEARY COCKRUM/SHOW-ME PUPPIES...
I purchased 5 adult female english bulldogs and 1 adult male from Vernetta, Nov. 14, 2010.
She told me all dogs were healthy and had no health issues.
Upon arriving home with the dogs, we started noticing they needed medical attention.
-1 female was diagnosed with genetic entropian (eyelashes folding in and irritating the eyes), in both eyes, stayed swollen in her vaginal area for 8 months, reproductive issues.
-1 female was diagnosed at the university as having pus in her uterus, pyometra, 2 months after purchase. She also suffered from entropian in both eyes.
-1 female was diagnosed with entropian in right eye and elongated palette.
-1 female was diagnosed 90% blind, due to neglected entropian. She had chronic ear infections, and due to years of neglect, had ping ping ball size scar tissue in both ears, rendering her deaf. Skin/food allergies, has to be bathed every 3 days, bleeding from all the scratching.. Lethargic due to all the pain. This female is only 3 yrs. old.
-The male was diagnosed with high blood pressure, semen tainted with blood, heart issues leading to his death, june 2011..
After research on this woman, came to discover that there were people out there that had puppies from this breeding group, and they were having health issues in their puppies.
We have followed the course in contacting all the right agencies:
-Attorney Generals office of Mo.
-Mo. Dept. of Agriculture
-United States Humane Society
-BBB of SW Mo.
-Animal activists of Mo.
We have since found out this woman is not licensed with USDA, but yet she has sold puppies to the Hunte Corp., brokers for pet stores. (As the USDA told me, this is illegal)
We signed a $10,000 contract with this woman on these dogs.
We have consulted with an attorney, and are pursuing this woman in shutting her down.
I have physically been to her home, and kennel. This is what is known as a puppy mill.
She has over 100+ dogs, ranging from maltese/yorkies-boxers/border collies.
What is bad is she knowingly sells puppies with defaults to innocent pet homes. On one incident, she took a puppy in for a health check, the vet. told her the dog had a very bad knee, and was told to notify the new owners of this condition. She didn't of course, shipped the puppy knowing this problem, charging him $2000 for a puppy that will need surgery for him to walk.
I have since been finding more and more innocent pet buyers of this woman, that have received puppies in diplorable conditions.
We have statements from veterinarians, that state; "These are the worst bulldogs, health wise, we have ever seen".
What is the saddest part, is these dogs are very young, all 3 yrs. old.
They never had a chance...
If I can stop one buyer, from the heart ache, I feel I've done my job.
All Mo. residents, listen up.. Prop B may have been overturned for now, but its coming back to the table once again, and will be put on the ballot.. Make your vote count.. Make these puppy mills, know they can't get away with this..
I, personally think noone should have more than 10 breeding dogs.
I have 4, and sometimes wonder how I can keep up with them. How can someone with 100+ animals keep up with all the socialization, medical attention, and care that each animal rightfully deserves?
When I contacted Vernetta about the health concerns these dogs had, she stated, "I sold you good breeding dogs, with good uteruses".. How can anyone breed a dog that is 90% blind??
We have adopted out 3 of the dogs as we don't breed genetic issues, like she does.
We now have 2 females of what we received from her..
Do your research.. Call her vet.. If she won't let you, there's something wrong..
Review about: English Bulldogs.