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Any tips on dealing with a suspicious animal rescue group?

A few of you might remember that my mother adopted an older rescue dog a few months ago. I got a Facebook message from my sister last night telling me that our mother had to put the dog down this week because it was riddled with cancer, and I guess the tumors were too far gone to be treated and/or my mother just wanted to put the dog out of its misery. Anyway, the rescue group my mother got the dog from seems incredibly shady. My sister called the woman who runs the group and apparently the manager got super upset immediately and demanded to know who my sister was. I guess my sister stood her ground and then got the lady to tell her that they run routine medical tests on their animals before adopting them out. The woman claimed she didn't know that the dog had cancer, but if they really tested their animals, I would think cancer symptoms would show up immediately. My sister likewise suspects the manager knew the dog my mother adopted had cancer but didn't say anything about it. My mother had to sign a health waiver when she adopted the dog, but this just doesn't seem right to me. I tried googling the rescue group, and all I got was a Facebook page that wasn't very well-organized and filled with typos. My sister plans on calling the vet the rescue manager supposedly goes to, but I don't know what will happen after that. Am I thinking about all of this too hard, or does this all seem a little weird? If I'm overreacting, it's only because I don't have the words to describe how bad I feel for my mother right now. This is the second dog she's had to put down in like 6 months, and it just doesn't seem fair that she got this dog only to find out it was pretty much dying.

RIP, Annie. 2006? — November 2013.


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