Continued from part one..
She went on to tell how they had rushed the pup to the ER vet clinic, but the lies started when she wrote that, “The husband apparently flipped and told them to put the pup to sleep because he couldn’t go through all of this again or watch his devastated wife be so heartbroken.” She continues, “So I get all their pain. They should have waited to get a new puppy and allow her to mourn the one she just lost. What I will never do is give him back.”
It was true that Cindy was distraught and that Danny was beside himself trying to comfort his wife. But Danny and Cindy had never asked that Panama (Marshall) be euthanized at the vet. The vet had given the couple the options of caring for him themselves or sending him to a rescue that had “experience in these kinds of cases.” The vet told them the pup would need around the clock care and the couple, knowing they could not provide that, made the hard decision to surrender him to someone who could provide what he needed. All of this came from the recommendation of the veterinary clinic. Danny and Cindy had no idea such rescues or people existed. But euthanasia was never discussed. Not once.
Additionally, at no time during her conversations with Rochelle did Cindy ever ask if she could have Marshall back. She was clear on the fact that once surrendered she could never have her pup back. Her conversations with Rochelle consisted of background on the situation and information pertaining to the breeders.
After one of Rochelle’s increasingly frequent personal rants concerning Marshall, one of her Facebook followers’ points out that the couple actually may have been Marshall’s saving grace, something Rochelle had previously acknowledged herself. Rochelle replied, “Yes (name removed to protect privacy), EXACTLY why I could not hate them. I have actually facebook stalked them all and they seem lovely. (Still not getting Marshall).”
All the while Rochelle is posting on her Mac the Pitbull page about Marshall’s recovery. When he eats, when he sleeps, and all of his diagnoses: “Upper respiratory infection, aspiration pneumonia, bacterial skin infection, round worms, coccidian, extreme malnourishment and epic neglect”, she lists, “(because his poop squad backyard breeders lack any good human qualities.) Marshall is Pitbull strong and will bounce back because WE ALL LOVE HIM HERE,” spouts Rochelle.
She tells Mac’s page fans about the expense of his medications and how the pharmacists can’t believe what a good dog mom she is spending that kind of money on her pet. Of course the pharmacist has no idea that all the money for Marshall and his care is coming from donations made to Mac the Pitbull and not out of Rochelle’s pocket. Donations made by people all over the country, even outside the US; people who only know how great Rochelle is because she tells them so, in the “voice” of Mac, on her Mac the Pitbull page.
A rare few of these people know her personally and haven’t had the displeasure of watching her tear other people down to build herself up over the last few years, and all the while boasting and patting herself on the back, over and over again, for the handful of animals she may or may not have helped.
Rochelle goes on to tell about the people who are donating to Marshall’s care in post after post on Mac’s page. By her own account, and speaking as Mac the Pitbull, “I would like to send a special thank you to whoever called my vet today from Maryland and paid $150 towards his [Marshall’s] bill. I was super thankful and Marshall is sending you wrinkled kisses. Along with the other generous donations we have been getting today for Marshall and Barnabus we will be able to keep them cared for and my Emergency Fund stocked.” Mac’s emergency fund is stocked, Rochelle’s fund, and not the local shelter that so graciously allows her to operate within the confines of Missouri law.
The whole time Marshall is fighting for his life, the money is pouring in. Each post on Mac’s page about Marshall speaks of his pitiful state. Anytime anyone comments about what they could do to help, Mac’s page responds with a link to their Paypal account or the address where checks can be sent.
Rochelle continues to post rants on her personal page that grow angrier and more deceitful with each one. Cindy and Danny suddenly go from the poor, naïve, victims to the monsters who ‘dumped’ Marshall because “he wasn’t worth saving….[and they] are no better than the breeder they bought him from.”
And her Facebook friends rally to her side like an angry mob.
Cindy knew none of this.
Then one day Cindy got an unexpected call. It was the other breeder she had contacted at the same time she had contacted Doyle and Webb, and they now had a puppy available.
Cindy broke down and told her story once again. The breeder was sympathetic and compassionate and assured Cindy that this was a totally different situation. The dogs she had bred were family pets and were well cared for. Cindy and Danny were welcome to come to their home for a visit and see for themselves the conditions that the parent dogs and pups were living in.
At first Cindy told herself there was no way she wanted to take on a puppy after all that had transpired. Did she dare? Was the incident with the Tennessee breeder a sign that she should wait before getting a new pet? Or was this unexpected call a sign that she might finally get what she was after in the first place?
When she told Danny about the call, and they talked it over, they decided to drive up and meet the pup and see how things went. After all, they still wanted another dog and this time the situation seemed worlds better than the last. The second breeder was more local, had references that checked out, and a vet that vouched for them.
A wolf in sheep’s clothing: the conclusion part one
A wolf in sheep’s clothing: the conclusion part three
A wolf in sheep’s clothing: the conclusion part four
A wolf in sheep’s clothing: the conclusion part five