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Poodle Rescue of Indianapolis refuses to return my 12 y/o 4lb poodle

  1. poeticmentor profile image77
    poeticmentorposted 6 years ago

    My dog was mistaken by local children as a puppy and was carried away by a little girl.  Soon her parents turned him in to the Indianapolis Poodle Rescue who is a for profit, private organization that falsifies animal records in order to keep any lost animals that come into their facility. They resale them in adoptions without seeking the owners first!  I have made numerous attempts to contact them and they have blocked my phone number and email address.  They have become rude and refuse to return any of my calls. I am so distraught and I need advice on how to get my (baby) back! help. Thanks.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, I hope you get your dog back!
      I had no idea there was such an organization in Indy.

  2. mel22 profile image58
    mel22posted 6 years ago

    pay em' the ransom money to pay for the cost of housing only. No profit over and above if they find a lost owner, otherwise they could just start snatching dogs and selling them for profit. I once had a dog cut from its chain when i got home from work. It had water and food still so it wasn't being neglected but maybe the barking annoyed them ,but it was found in a shelter

  3. equine profile image75
    equineposted 6 years ago

    What an awful story! We must really be careful with highly desirable dogs, especially toys because they are so easy to walk away with.  My parents have a yorkie/maltese mice and they are always fearful of that, because he is a professional escape artist.  I wonder if the police would issue a warrant for something like that.

  4. heavenbound5511 profile image79
    heavenbound5511posted 6 years ago

    I would call the police and get them involved. Animals in Ohio (where I live) are considered property. it's not like you can't prove the dog is yours- you have vet records and such, if you have it's hair in a brush- it can be used for DNA testing to further prove your case. Find your local animal rights people- they should be interested in this & it could lead to further investigation of that fraud of a shelter.

    I would be freaking out too! I would make up signs and stand out front of there place and draw attention- whatever within the law.
    Also get a free consultation from an attorney. Call a different shelter if any are around, like a public one and ask how they can help you. If you have a local animal enforcement than they must have something on stealing animals or they could  make them give your dog back.
    Also I would call them from another number and record it if I could.
    This is all I can think of.

    I hope you get your dog back, because this is crazy.

  5. poeticmentor profile image77
    poeticmentorposted 6 years ago

    I totally agree this is crazy! Thanks for the advice.  I have police report and I have written them letters and continue to call from different numbers. Since the shelter is private they are operated by volunteers. I will try all your suggestions. Attorney want too much money that I cant aford, but I did consult one and they say " replevein" court case. ugh! I am soo sad right now. I just lost a family member!

  6. poeticmentor profile image77
    poeticmentorposted 6 years ago

    mel22 they are not even giving me that opinion or it would have been done! Thanks!

  7. Lucky Cats profile image80
    Lucky Catsposted 6 years ago

    Hi...in our society, animals are considered "property," with all that term entails...responsibliity, right to claim, etc....I would gather whatever pictures you have plus friends/family/neighbors testimony that, indeed, your little dog is YOURS.  Explain to them that this could end up being a LEGAL situation because, as you can prove (I sure hope you can, dear)...the little dog is YOURS and you would like to have  your "property" returned.  (Now..a caveat...I don't believe in animals being considered property but, in this case..it works for YOU and your little poodle so....go for it)  Good Luck.

  8. JayeWisdom profile image92
    JayeWisdomposted 6 years ago

    I suggest that you immediately phone every TV and newspaper reporter in your area and tell your story. Get that so-called "rescue" group more bad publicity than they know what to do with, and perhaps they'll let your baby go! They don't want that negative publicity because it will hurt their profit goals. As someone else mentioned, use photos and witnesses who can testify the dog is yours. Perhaps you'll even attract a dog-loving attorney (with the publicity) who will offer to sue those jerks for you--pro bono, of course!  Good luck!