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FDL Humane Society Shelter Closed

13-Aug-2013

Fond du Lac Humane Society Shelter Manager Renee Webb says they will be closed for a few days as they deal with containing the highly contagious canine parvovirus. A very sick puppy brought into the shelter was diagnosed with parvovirus. She says the disease doesn’t affect humans or cats, but can be life-threatening for dogs. She says they are testing the dogs they have in the shelter, but they also are closed to make sure there is no threat to the community. She says unfortunately they’ve seen an increase in parasitic diseases of late. Webb says it’s kind of a perfect storm of conditions that could include the weather and people who opt not to get the proper vaccinations for their pets. She says they will still take in strays, but people should call first or come to their back door. After hours residents should contact police about strays.

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Anonymous commented on 13-Aug-2013 01:24 PM3 out of 5 stars
Seriously and they have the impounded lab puppies how many will die before someone looks at how the FDL Humane Society treats their animals.
Anonymous commented on 13-Aug-2013 03:36 PM3 out of 5 stars
Before someone looks, hey poster, go volunteer and look for yourself, poser!
Anonymous commented on 13-Aug-2013 06:44 PM3 out of 5 stars
Been there done that and never again, it is so filthy and dirty. No wonder they got parvo.
Margie Anderson commented on 13-Aug-2013 07:25 PM3 out of 5 stars
and my contracted puppy is there which the Human Society won't honor. Thank goodness they had their first vaccinations.
Anonymous commented on 13-Aug-2013 08:41 PM3 out of 5 stars
 Renee Webb refused an offer to place the puppies in the hands of a trust third party as of Friday (August 9) at 4:30 p.m. and for the puppies to be distributed to their rightful contracted owners by Tuesday (August 13) at 4:30 p.m.  We have been informed that Renee Webb refused the second offer to have the rightful contracted owners pick up the puppies by Tuesday (August 13) at 4:30 p.m.  Instead, we have been informed that Renee Webb would have the rightful contracted owners fill out an adoption application just like any member of the public and she would determine whether the rightful contracted owners would receive their puppies.  This has been told to several people.  Ask her to produce a copy of letters addressed to her dated July 16 and August 12 and ask why is she disseminating untruthful information.  Things that make you go hmmmmm…


Now because they were not released the puppies remain in puppy jail, quarantined, and subject to a highly contagious virus that is potentially life threatening.  And the FHS is a good environment for these puppies?  Hmmm…
Anonymous commented on 13-Aug-2013 08:41 PM3 out of 5 stars
Margie...No, they didn't have their first vaccinations, the FHS took the puppies at 4 1/2 weeks and wouldn't allow Stacy Checolinski or her attorney to have a veterinarian of their choice to come in and examine and vaccinate those puppies. It's a very sad day when even the Humane Society won't allow proper treatment or care of an animal because it's not in the Humane Society's best interest. Renee Webb is only concerned about herself. If it isn't her way, it's the highway. She's a top notch control freak!!
Anonymous commented on 13-Aug-2013 08:48 PM3 out of 5 stars
Renee Webb is not looking out for the best interest of any animal. She's all about the money.
Anonymous commented on 13-Aug-2013 09:49 PM3 out of 5 stars
I have been at the Humane Society several times over the past few weeks. Sometimes it feels like it is run by the Gestapo. Shortly after the Checolinski puppies arrived there, they were in a separate room with a gate across the doorway. When too many people got a peek at them, the staff closed the door. Really? These sad cases are what brings them the most revenue and they treat the public like they are dirt. I have asked questions about particular animals and no one ever knows anything about them. I find it frustrating. I want to help by donating, but it doesn't seem like the staff is at all appreciative of the public.
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 01:55 AM3 out of 5 stars
If Renee Webb and the FDLHS would have honored the contracts as she should have, at least 5 of the 10 would not have been subjected to a highly contagious virus. I would bet money that they already have it and she will hide the truth as always. Why would she not put it in her post on their facebook page that it was Parvo??? Lying to the public once again. The sad part is that the Board of Directors does nothing except sit on their hands and let Renee Webb get away with everything including deceiving the public and telling lies.
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 02:53 AM3 out of 5 stars
I would like to know why the Fond du Lac Reporter has not published anything about this?? Once again prejudice at work, they only report the assumed good work they do. This should be reported as it is a highly contagious disease. Way to go FDL Reporter.....
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 06:23 AM4 out of 5 stars
Having read the above negative comments about the shelter manager and staff, I just shake my head in amazement. Obviously, there are still legal issues regarding release of some of the previously contracted puppies. Secondly, it is very sad that the owner of the sick puppy didn't have it vaccinated to begin with -- that's what responsible pet owners do. Thirdly, both of my pets were adopted from the FDL Humane Society, and I continue to donate both $$$ and needed items to help the animals at the shelter. I have always found the staff there to be polite and informative, so there really are two sides to every story.
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 08:04 AM3 out of 5 stars
Vaccinations do not start at 4 1/2 weeks old duh! I feel sorry for you donating to a place that has such a poor reputation in the community. Would you continue to donate if you knew that they literally starved a dog to death? Why were they not charged with animal abuse?? That is one of the worst things you can do to a dog and they again swept it under the rug and got away with murdering a dog because they were not keeping track of what the dog wasn't eating. Way to go FDLHS is this HUMANE?????
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 08:07 AM3 out of 5 stars
The puppies weren't vaccinated because they were taken at 4 weeks and Renee refused to let get vet come in and vaccinate. Renee will be exposed through all of this. Apparently you didn't read "above negative comments". And continue to shake your head and donate to the Fhs. They're going to need all the donations they can get by the time checolinski and her lawyer are done with them. And I can't wait.
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 08:17 AM3 out of 5 stars
The recommended time for a puppys first vaccination of DHPP is when they are 6-8 weeks depending on your vet (see below).
Please note that these puppies were taken when they were 4 1/2 weeks old.
I don't know what the policies are at the Fdl Humane Society regarding vaccinations and haven't seen any literature online stating that they were vaccinated. I did see posted that their ByLaws were Amended in 2009 and am under the assumption that they should be updated yearly. Is the current director a "Certified Humane Officer" that represents out Humane Society? Is our dollars at work paying for the titers of the animals at the Humane Society?
I am confused by the Reporter saying it was a hot day when the picture on the Humane Society website shows the puppies as being wet.
Puppy Vaccination Schedule Puppy’s Age Recommended Vaccinations Optional Vaccinations
6 to 8 weeks Distemper, measles, parainfluenza Bordatella
10 to 12 weeks DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus) Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordatella, Lyme disease
12 to 24 weeks Rabies None
14 to 16 weeks DHPP Coronavirus, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis
12 to 16 months Rabies, DHPP Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Boradetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 to 2 years DHPP Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 to 3 years Rabies (as required by law) None
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 08:55 AM3 out of 5 stars
I think there is so much confusion regarding the facts of the case that it will be hard to actually get the true facts. But from what I have read it sounds like:
1: Puppies were messy and wet from being in the drinking water which had feces in it, no big surprises there they are puppies, you can clean them up and 10 minutes later they are full of feces and of course it will get in the water.
2: Renee Webb stated different conditions depending on the mood she was in or who she was talking to, one minute it is cold and wet and the next it is dehydrated and hot.
3: The owner should have been called or contacted prior to being removed. But once again here comes Renee with her self ritious attitude and making it worse than it is.
4: Puppies at the Humane Society have been in worse condition than these were, why are they not being charged with animal abuse. Puppies are being euthanized there at 4 months or younger because they believe them to be aggressive, really they are puppies!!
5: Renee is supposed to be a Certified Humane Officer among other titles she likes to say she has but has no documentation to prove it. Like a Vet Tech, Animal Behaviorist, etc.... more lies from FDLHS and Renee Webb.
6: She stated that a volunteer Janet must have misstated their policy, really volunteer Janet is the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society. Doesn't she know the policies??
7: Renee stated on the facebook page she did not know how Parvo was brought to the shelter but on KFIZ she stated it was from a puppy they took in, Which one is it???
On Renee's personal facebook page her daughter Heather Rodgers threatened someone by stating she wanted to hit them with a heavy framed picture of the puppies, really now they are using physical threats to get what they want. Her daughter owns Head to Tails, shame on her.
The last thing I have to say is thank goodness Renee can not delete messages put on here as she does on their facebook page.
The Truth will come out and FDLHS better be ready to take the consequences of their actions on the part of THEIR Shelter Manager!
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 08:56 AM3 out of 5 stars
The staff are "polite and informative" because your handing over your money. I had a neighbor who took cats there because they were going to be shot by another neighbor and Renee refused to take them. My neighbor offered to give them $100 and then she was more than willing. She still has the duplicate check for proof. For all we know, she probably euthanized them. I don't think that lady knows how to do anything but spew lies from her mouth. Shes disgusting.
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 11:14 AM3 out of 5 stars
The puppy in question with the parvovirus is NOT one of the 10 puppies that were taken in back in July. That is the puppy that should have been vaccinated by its owner if it was age appropriate. The article above states: "A very sick puppy brought into the shelter was diagnosed with parvovirus." Perhaps the staff was polite and informative towards me because I was polite towards them.....No person or organization is perfect, but statements and accusations made here have been horrendous. On various trips to the shelter, I have not witnessed animal neglect or mistreatment by the staff. Many times I donate supplies before the shelter has its viewing hours and staff is busy cleaning, feeding and tending to the animals' needs. If people are unhappy with the Humane Society, perhaps they should volunteer their time and money to make the change(s) they would like to see, including donating to the Raise the Woof campaign to increase the size of the shelter.
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 11:35 AM3 out of 5 stars
No one ever said anything about the lab puppies getting it or even how parvo got into the facility. At this point it doesn't matter. Either way, because Renee refused to release those puppies to the contracted owner's, more innocent animals are at risk for contracting the virus. Rally for them all you want. You may not like the comments posted but unfortunately most of it is factual information.
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 11:35 AM3 out of 5 stars
I would hope that measures were taken to isolate a sick puppy when taken in. I am not so sure if this is the case since it sounds like that from the request of the Humane Society for supplies that there may be animals involved. It appears the Directorship leadership might be in question and not the volunteers or employees themselves. Facts are facts and the 10 puppies taken in were 4 1/2 weeks old; not 6 weeks as reported in the news. Has it been reported that the titers were completed on all their animals yet?
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 12:36 PM3 out of 5 stars
You can bet the lab puppies have it by now, the puppies that have are in the lobby in "Renee's office" No door this is an open office so any dog in the vicinity can contract it.
Why would you give money to a place that is so poorly run, I would rather see my money go to a cause that actually stands by their mission statement.
Christine (Brennan) Ewerdt commented on 14-Aug-2013 09:29 PM3 out of 5 stars
Look at all the pitiful, anonymous bloggers....too afraid to post their names behind their LIBELOUS words...words that can be held against them in a court of law if needed.

I hope you "anonymous" people realize that - even though you fail to provide your names - everything you post can be traced...literally...right up to your keyboards.

Please, know your facts and educate yourself BEFORE you post. All Wisconsin Court Records are public. I would encourage anyone that would be foolish to believe these ridiculous anonymous bloggers' accusations, to view the court records for clarification.

Vicki Campbell commented on 14-Aug-2013 09:53 PM3 out of 5 stars
I was a volunteer at the Humane Society years ago, when the LAST bunch of uneducated outsiders decided they could run the shelter better than the current management. It is a 24 hour,thankless,heartbreaking job. people promise to help, yet don't show up. Parvo can be brought in on someones shoe.They ask you not to touch the animals, but inept parents let their kids stick their hands where they may. Should you be handcuffed in order to view the animals? It is noisy,yes. Overcrowded,sometimes. Yet Renee and her crew are doing the best they can. Just ONCE, can't this community support, instead of attack? Always it is the animals that pay the price,all of you with complaints, Show up tomorrow,offer to isolate an animal, nurse it through the awful traumas of this UNPREDICTABLE disease. Put your time and effort where your mouths are. get off of your behinds, and HELP.No matter whose right or wrong, just HELP for once.
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 11:35 PM4 out of 5 stars
So let me get this straight. In the case of the Lab puppies, the police were wrong, the shelter was wrong, Renee was wrong, the Veterinarian was wrong, and now the Attorneys prosecuting the case are wrong. Am I missing anyone here? And why are they all wrong? Because the people who were supposed to be taking care of the puppies say so, that's why! The people who left a litter of 4 1/2 week old, unvaccinated (were they vaccinated, they obviously were not nursing if they were outside without a Mom all day) unvaccinated puppies, sitting in a cage, in the back yard from early in the morning until late afternoon, completely unattended, say everyone else is wrong. Yup, that make perfect sense. And let's see, they could not have been overheated, because they were soaking wet. So it's okay that 4 1/2 week old puppies were sitting outside getting rained on all morning. I am catching up now, hold on sometimes I'm kinda slow. But oh, that's right, there was a tarp, and (insert sarcastic tone here) a fan??? I will need to remember that the next time I get into the shower. As long as I have a tarp, it is okay to bring a fan in the shower with me. Too bad my hair dryer has a warning label, or that might be okay too, right? Yup, I get it now! And then we have the water, I saw pictures of it with all the feces in it, but that's okay too, because it was good water early in the morning. Yup, soaking wet, hot all afternoon, feces filled water, probably getting electric shocks (or probably not because they did have a tarp, yeah, sarcasm again in case you missed it.) I can see clearly now how everyone else is wrong. So now it sounds like a really bad thing has happened, animals are sick and what are we all hearing? The contracts, the contracts, the contracts. The contracts for what? For the SALE of the puppies. Not one post about, how are they, are they okay, are they sick, will they be okay? Sounds to me like the wrong people are being questioned about their concern for money. But hey, let's all just lose sight of why the puppies are at the Humane Society in the first place. Thanks, have a good night!
Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 11:54 PM3 out of 5 stars
To the Anonymous commented on 14-Aug-2013 08:04 AM If you have information that an animal was in anyway neglected or abused, you need to step up and go to the police with what you know instead of making wild anonymous accusations. If you don't, you are just as responsible as the people you are accusing. I question YOUR motivations!
Anonymous commented on 15-Aug-2013 12:01 AM3 out of 5 stars
If the Lab puppies have it and were taken from filthy conditions did they come from them?
L Craig commented on 15-Aug-2013 05:02 AM3 out of 5 stars
I think we are all missing the point the FDLHS has Parvo we all know that now, but what about the poor puppies that did not ask for this? They need to have all our prayers to make it through this horrible infection. The dogs are innocent in this matter and they should be the only concern. Just my opinion.
S. Singleton commented on 15-Aug-2013 07:51 AM3 out of 5 stars
We volunteer for the FDL humane society quite a bit, so we see what goes on there a lot. Reading all of these negative remarks about Renee and the FDL Humane Society makes me want to break down and cry, seriously. You have NO idea what she goes through on a daily basis. You have NO idea how extremely educated on animals she is. You have NO idea how dedicated she is on putting the animals first. She works very long, hard hours, sometimes staying up through the night. The parvo is an unfortunate incident, and the staff is doing their best to fix it BEFORE it becomes worse. Do you think the shelter KNOWINGLY brought a puppy with parvo in, just disregarding the other dogs? I don't think so. They are HELPING all of the animals as best as they possibly can. Before you speak so negatively, follow Renee around for just ONE day, then ask yourself if YOU could do it. Myself, I don't have the strength. As far as I'm concerned, Renee is the best manager they've had! We support her decisions 100%. The shelter's purpose is to HELP ANIMALS...it shouldn't always be so political.
Heather Rogers commented on 15-Aug-2013 12:44 PM5 out of 5 stars
Dear Anonymous: My name is spelled without a "d", and yes, I did say that I wanted to hit that person on the reporter website who said it was ok to keep 4 week old puppies outside all day with a metal framed photo of the puppies. Regardless of the weather: rain, sun, or snow; 4 week old puppies should be kept inside, with their mother, and should have fresh water. Not sure why that's relevant to this article, but thanks for pointing out my stances on the humane treatment of animals. I feel popular! <3
Anonymous commented on 15-Aug-2013 03:32 PM3 out of 5 stars
I agree the negative comments need to end. Have any of yo bashers considered that a lot of these comments are coming from the very people who left those puppies in the metal crate in the back yard with a tarp on top of it. Have any of you ever sat under a tent or canopy on a hot day in the sun. Even with a breeze it can be unbearable and you get up an walk out of the situation the puppies didn't have that option. I don't know why you all seem to think this is something that the shelter brought on itself. As the Fdl reporter article said there is no way to know how this infection was introduced to the shelter, someones shoes, clothes a stray brought in. If you feel you have the right roast the shelter manager, staff and volunteers over the fire than show us the proof that what you are saying is fact. You are all so quick to judge but I bet you have never volunteered at the shelter. Well I have and I give credit to the entire staff for everything they do everyday. I have seen them cry over sick or injured animals, I know they come in all hours of the day and night to bring stray animals and do any of you give them credit for always being there for the animals of this community. If you really want to help the animals at the shelter than stop all the bashing and step up to the plate. Volunteer to help where they need it. The shelter crew are working very hard to get through this crisis and they could use everyones support now and in the future. You want to help the animals contribute to the capital campaign to expand the shelter so they will have the ability to isolate puppies from each other and from the public until they are old enough to be adopted. You can help be the change but only if you lose the negativity. I am really disappointed in you Fond du Lac your not the city I thought you were.
Rich Smith commented on 15-Aug-2013 10:06 PM3 out of 5 stars
Wow is right. My daughter works here as a high school student and loves her job. And trust me, as a Senior who wants to be a vet, there is no way the statements made above are true. You people disgust me ripping on the HS. Sounds pretty hypocritical for people keeping 4 week old puppies in a blazing sun and then hiding behind their own "tarp" on a computer screen by not posting their names. Keep up the good work to all at the HS! Proudly signing my name...

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