Wilmington Teen Learns Hard Lesson About Adopting Pet

Wilmington Teen Learns Hard Lesson About Adopting Pet

MAY 9, 2005 -- Last year, News 6 showed you the unsanitary conditions inside the Duplin Animal Shelter. Since then, Kim Loyd and other volunteers started a rescue team they call DART.

They adopt pets from the shelter and then sell them at the Wilmington K-Mart.

Candace Brinson adopted her puppy two Saturdays ago. "As soon as I petted it, I said this is my dog," she says.

Khia acted like a normal puppy, happily running on the beach. Then she started showing symptoms of Parvo. "She's vomiting everywhere and she won't eat or drink anything," Candace says. She rushed the dog to the vet, but it was too late. "And I looked in the back seat and she was dead. It was raining that day and I was like holding my dog, crying. I couldn't catch my breath. That's how hard it hit me," Candace said.

DART says people who adopt have to sign a contract stating the person adopting the animal must take it to the vet within 48 hours and Candace acknowledges she didn't do that. "It needs it shots. It needs a puppy physical. It needs to be checked for worms. I mean it needs medical attention. They are told how important it is to get the dogs to the vets," says Kim Loyd.

Loyd says since Candace violated the contract, they're not obligated to give her the $50 adoption fee back. Candace says she knew she needed to take Khia to a vet right after buying her, but she didn't get to it quickly enough.

Both Brinson and DART agree that before you give your heart to a pet, get that animal a thorough exam.

Reported by Samuel King