WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A Warner Robins woman is upset after she adopted a puppy from the Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter that turned out to be ill.
According to records, Carolyn Stephen adopted a dog from the shelter on July 6. The next day, the dog tested strongly positive for the canine parvovirus, a contagious and deadly disease.
Doctors told Stephen it could cost thousands of dollars to cure the puppy and there was no guarantee that it would survive. So after the excitement of bringing a new dog home, she took it back to the shelter.
"I don't want this to happen to anyone else is why I am coming forward with it plus I want a refund for my doctor bill," Stephen said.
After several phone calls and attempts to get a refund, Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen contacted Stephen. Via voicemail he said that she would receive a refund.
Stephen adopted her puppy nearly a month after the shelter's fumigation. She says it wasn't the most pleasant experience.
"It was kind of nasty," she said, "you could see feces on the floor."
Bibb County Spokesperson Kevin Barrere said he is not aware of any parvo virus outbreak. He says all animals at the shelter are spayed, neutered and receive a rabies shot.
Stephen says she will think twice the next time she adopts at a shelter.