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Families claim they paid thousands for service animal and got expensive pet

Credit: WPTV News | West Palm Beach
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Families claim they paid thousands for service animal and got expensive pet
Families claim they paid thousands for service animal and got expensive pet

It’s an industry that has no regulation, but a huge impact on the lives of those living with disabilities.

Families in their most desperate hour say they turned to a local company for a trained service animal, they say they spent thousands of dollars and now just have expensive pets.

LOCAL COMPANY FOR A TRAINEDSERVICE ANIMAL.

THEY SAY THEYSPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ONTHE DOGS TO ALERT THEM BEFOREA SEIZURE OR RESPOND TO A LIFETHREATENING BLOOD SUGARCHANGE.

BUT INSTEAD THEY JUSTGOT EXPENSIVE PETS!

WPTVNEWSCHANNEL 5'S MICHELLEQUESADA EXAMINES THEACCUSATIONS FROM FAMILIES WHOCLAIM THEY WERE TAKENADVANTAGE OF -- BY A PALM CITYSERVICE ANIMAL TRAINER<< FOR SARAH TRASKSERVICE ANIMAL WOULD MEAN ACHANCE AT BEING A MOREINDEPENDENT MOM& 14:54:11 ISHOULDNTHE REALITY IS I CAN HAVE ASEIZURE ON THE STREETAVERAGING 7 SEIZURES A MONTHBACK IN 2016TO EVEN WALK HER KIDS TOSCHOOL 14:56:31 TS ALMOST LIKESLEEP WALKING, YOUTO WALK AND EVENTUALLY YOU GOINTO THE GRAND MAL SEIZUREWHERE YOU FALL SO SHE AND HERHUSBAND LOOKED INTO GETTING ASERVICE DOG& THAT COULD ALERTHER WHEN SHE WAS HAVING ASEIZURE AND PROTECT HER FROMHURTING HERSELF.

MOST TRAINERSTOLD HER IT WOULD TAKE UP TO 3YEARS TO GET HER SERVICEANIMAL.

CANINES 4 HOPE IN PALMCITY's WEBSITE SAYS THEY CANDO IT 3 TO 6 MONTHS.

15:08:21YOU REALLY DONTHIS AS A PERSON WITH ADISABILITY BECAUSE YOUFOCUSING ON THIS AS ANEMERGENCY CORA NER'S 6 YEAROLD SON HAD SUFFERED HIS FIRSTGRAND MAL SEIZURE.

12:12:03While we were in the hospitalis when I contacted Jason atcanines 4 hope because I wasworried that if he were toseize in the middle of thenight and I didnin time - that he would bedead.

DOROTHEA ALSBERGSUFFERED A DIABETIC COMASHE WAS LIVING ALONE WITH TYPE1 DIABETES.

SO HER FAMILYCONTRACTED CANINES 4 HOPE.

THEFAMILIES PAID CANINES 4 HOPEANYWHERE FROM 8 TO 13-THOUSANDDOLLARS.

ALL OF THE CONTRACTSSAID THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THEDOG WOULD EARLY DETECT ASEIZURE OR A SUDDEN CHANGE INBLOOD SUGAR.

12:19:17 Ifigured if she candetect at least sheand let me know whaton AFTER A FEW MONTHS INTO THETRAININGSINVITED TO PALM CITY TO WORKWITH THEIR DOGS.

BUT THEY SAIDALL THEY PRACTICED WAS BASICAND ADVANCED OBEDIENCE&.

CORATOOK HER SONLAB SKYE HOMEwere surprised, she was nothouse broken at all TILL THISDAY SKY WONCARIN FIRST AND THEN CARRY SKY.BUT THAT WASNPART.

12:26:17 my son did haveanother grand Mal seizure, thedog was in the house, she wasnear him, 12:26:28 I noticedwhat was going on from anotherroom, and I ran in, I grabbedthe oxygen machine put him onoxygen and she startedfreaking out because of theoxygen machine CORA CALLED 911WERE ALL MEN AND SKY WOULDNLET THEM IN SARAH SAID HERFIRST SEIZURE WITH LUCYHAPPENED NEAR HER CHILDRENSCHOOL&.

14:54:34 SHE DIDNTREACT AT ALL TO ME 14:54:47PEOPLE PULLED OVER AND TRIEDTO HELP ME MORE SO THAN LUCYIN DOROTHEA ALBERG'S CASE &HER GERMAN SHEPHERD ONYX WASNOT A DOG CANINES 4 HOPEPROVIDED&SHE BROUGHT HIM INTTRAINING WITH JASON DEVITO,OWNER AT CANINES 4 HOPE.

28:07MY FIRST LOW BLOOD SUGAR WITHONYX - HE DIDNT NOTICE - HEDIDNT DO ZIP HE IS SUPPOSED TOPAW AT ME AND ALERT ME THEFAMILIES SAID THEY ALLCONTACTED DEVITO WITH THEIRCONCERNS& DEVITO TOLD US THESAME THING HE SAYS HE TOLDTHEM.

12:09:11 MY CONTENTIONWHY THESE DOGS AREUNDERPERFORMING FOR THEFAMILIES BECAUSE THEY ARE NOTPROVIDING THE STRUCTUREDENVIRONMENT THAT THEY NEED.DEVITO SHOWED US THE IN DEPTHPACKET HE SENDS FAMILIES HOMEWITHSCHEDULEWORKING ON THEIR TRAINING& BUTSARAH SAIDWOULDNWAS SUPPOSED TO LAY ON ME FROMDAY ONE BUT WHEN WE TOOK HERHOME I HAD TO TEACH HER THATWE WALKED WITH SARAH AND LUCYTO INSINUATE A SEIZURE - LUCYDID REACT - BUT THAT CHANGEDAROUND OTHER DOGS.

RICKYBAILEY OF LOVEDOGS INC TRAINSSERVICE ANIMALS AND SAYSTRAINING TO EARLY DETECT ASEIZURE IS EXTREMELYDIFFICULT.

10:28:33 NOT EVERYDOG CAN DO THAT MAYBE 1 IN A100 10:29:12 THESE ARE THEONES THAT ARE SO WELL TRAINEDTHAT NOTHING IN THEIRENVIRONMENT BOTHERS THEM SARAHAND HER HUSBAND HAVE SINCELEARNED LUCY HAS SEVERE ISSUESWITH HIP DYSPLASIA AND A HEARTMURMUROLD.

16:10:42 THEY SOLD ME ADISABLED DOG FOR MY DISABLEDWIFE DEVITO HAS BEEN OPERATINGCANINES 4 HOPE FOR OVER 10YEARS&WE SPOKE WITH FAMILIESWHO SAID THEY BOUGHT SERVICEANIMALS FROM HIM WHO HAVE NOREGRETS& BUT THE FACT IS THEREIS NO REGULATION IN THESERVICE ANIMAL INDUSTRY& ANDNO REQUIRED CERTIFICATION FORTRAINERS WHO PROMISE A SERVICEANIMAL EXPECTED TO RESPOND TOA MEDICAL EMERGENCY.

12:30:15sheservice dog 16:02:27 LUCY IS AGREAT DOG BUT LUCY IS NOTEPILEPSY ALERT DOG

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