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MOLLYS PLACE
March 22, 2013

A few months ago, my family and I decided to get a second Boston Terrier to give our two year BT a friend and we thought it would be best to help save a rescue dog. My wife spent the next two months looking for a Boston Terrier rescue. I have two children (7 and 9), so it was important to find a dog that would be a good fit for our family. After much research, my wife found a two year old Boston Terrier at Molly's Place in Mechanicsburg, PA. One look at her picture and we fell in love and decided to put down a deposit and began making plans for the 6 hour drive from Buffalo to meet her. We were told that she had recently had a C-section and she would need to be spayed before we could adopt her. After about two weeks, the dog was ready to be picked up.
We made the trip and arrived at Molly's Place on Sunday March 10, 2013. We entered the building and the main area you walk into is the "free roaming area". This is where the dogs are able to "socialize" with each other and the customers as well. We were told that the dog was getting a bath and it would be a little while. I was a bit perplexed by this because she was just spayed that Thursday. We have had dogs spayed in the past and the vet has always stressed "No baths for 10 to 14 days". I didn't want to jump to any conclusions, so I figure it was just a sponge bath. As we were waiting in the middle of the "free roaming" area with numerous dogs in a rather small area, my two small children had the distinct opportunity to see one dog attempt to mate with one of the other dogs (note that these dogs are not spayed or neutered until they are adopted UGHHHH). I was still trying to be positive, especially after driving over 6 hours and my kids were super excited to meet the new member of our family. The "mating" incident was followed by a Pit Bull mix violently attacking a MUCH smaller dog and literally had it by the throat until two workers were able to get the small dog out of the jaws of the Pit Bull mix. The small dog was immediately taken out of view of the customers. This all took place within a few feet of my wife and children. My positive attitude was quickly diminishing but I could not leave without at least meeting the dog we drove so far to see.
After all of this, our dog was brought out for us to meet. The first thing that we noticed was that she had a belly band on which the owner of the rescue informed us that her incision was a little red from her licking at it and the belly band was to prevent further licking. They set her down in the "free roaming area" for us to meet her. Immediately, there were numerous dogs all around us so we asked one of the workers if there were a more private place to see her (also I did not want her near all of these other dogs since she was still recovering from her spay). The only private place out of that rather large building (see Molly's Place website for a pic of the building) was the bathroom. I actually thought I was having a nightmare at this point. But by this time, we had already fallen in love with this dog. We completed the adoption process and paid $550 for the dog. A bit high, but I figured it's helping out a charity and not too bad for a healthy, vet checked purebred Boston.
Well keep reading because this is where the REAL nightmare begins. On the drive back to Buffalo, Lucy (this is name picked out by my kids for the dog) sat on my wife's lap the entire ride and seemed a bit "under the weather". We figured she was still feeling the effects of the spay. Before leaving Molly's Place, I asked if she needed any pain medication and was told that she did not. Upon arriving home, we introduced her to our Boston and got her settled in. It was at this point we removed the belly band to check on her incision. It looked terrible! My wife took the next day off of work and rushed her to our vet (who was appalled at the dog's condition). She was diagnosed with an infection and was given antibiotics and pain medication which she was in desperate need of. Then, on Thursday March 14, we noticed that she was bleeding from her vulva. We again rushed her to the vet and were told that she has an internal infection and was given another round of antibiotics. The antibiotics were not effective and on Monday March 18 (only about a week after getting her from Molly's) she had to undergo EMERGENCY EXPLORATORY SURGERY in which the vet found much internal scarring that was adhering to some of her internal organs as well as a significant amount of necrotic (dead) tissue on the remaining portion of the uterus. This poor dog was a mess inside! It is now known that the owner of Molly's knew of this scarring and never told us about it nor attempted to fix it. You would think that the vet who performed the spay would have addressed this situation while performing the operation. We thought we were buying a healthy, vet checked dog.
We have now spent over $1300.00 on this dog within the first week of having her. She is still not out of the woods yet because there are other possible health issues that could come up because of all of her internal scarring.
As of writing this (3-22-13), Lucy is doing much better, she is eating, drinking, and even acting like a playful Boston once in a while. We totally love her and are glad that we rescued her. It is pretty sad that we had to rescue a rescue FROM a rescue (say that three times fast).
Now onto the owners of Molly's response - the nightmare continues. We informed her of the first infection on Tuesday (two days after getting the dog) and then of the internal infection later that week. Her response was that the dog was perfectly fine when she left her rescue and she had video to prove it. I guess that a video of a dog is more of an accurate diagnostic tool than a certified vet exam. She stated that there was no visual sign of infection in her incision when she left the rescue. This swollen purple, puss oozing condition suddenly developed on our ride home. I do regret not taking that belly band off to inspect the incision before we left the rescue, but hindsight is 20/20. Additionally, she knew of all of the internal scarring and never informed us of this potentially life threatening situation. I have E-mails to prove this also.
After numerous E-mails, the owner did offer to take the dog back and refund our money but this was not an option. Lucy was now part of our family and my children would have been devastated and heartbroken. Additionally, how humane would it be to return this poor dog to the situation that she came from. We simply requested a refund of our adoption fee (or at least some of it) to help cover the mounting vet bills. She refused.
I am quite sure this post will be deleted very quickly, but be assured I will repost it over and over again. I am also sure one of her "employees" will write a response saying that she did everything she could to resolve this situation. It will state that we were uncooperative and that we went over the dog with a "fine tooth comb" before adopting her and this situation is somehow our fault.
I typically would never complain about a "charity" but if I can save just one family from experiencing the nightmare that my family has been through then writing this was worth it. My poor kids ask me everyday when they get off the bus "Is Lucy still alive". I would encourage rescuing a dog, but just go to your local SPCA or find an honest, reputable rescue that will stand behind the health of the pets they are selling. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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