Offbeat $25K 'diabetic-alert' dogs just ill-trained puppies, suit claims

13:45  10 may  2018
13:45  10 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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The company, called Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, misled consumer by selling so-called "diabetic-alert dogs" that in reality were often poorly trained and ill-behaved, making them "little more than incredibly expensive pets," Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement.

"Our investigation shows that, in many instances, Service Dogs was simply selling a $25,000 pet, leaving customers with a huge bill and no protection against a potentially life-threatening blood sugar situation," added Herring, who filed suit against the company on Tuesday. 

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The suit alleges that Service Dogs and Warren sold so-called “ diabetic alert dogs ” for tens of thousands of dollars, when they were often delivering poorly- trained puppies with significant behavioral issues and inadequate skills or training to notify a customer of a potentially

Offering trained diabetic alert dogs with full service support as well as testing and training of existing pets who are likely DAD candidates. They train dogs for assistance, hearing, and medical alert service dogs .

The company is accused of violating the state's Consumer Protection Act by charging $18,000 to $27,000 for three-month-old Labrador retriever puppies that were unable to perform their supposed duties or even to respond when called. Customers told by that company that they'd get "scent training" support were routinely ignored when they requested assistance, the suit alleges. 

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Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to alert diabetic owners in advance of low (hypoglycemia) or high (hyperglycemia) blood sugar events before they become dangerous. This gives owners time to take steps to return their blood sugar to normal.

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Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers claimed its dogs had a "proven scent ability" and that they could be trained to dial 911 on certain devices, according to the Virginia suit.

In addition to deceiving consumers about the company's dogs, owner Charles Warren Jr. lied about serving in the military and encouraged customers to solicit charitable donations to cover the cost of their dogs, the suit claims.

In an email, an attorney representing the company promised to fight the "ridiculous allegations," stating, "We absolutely deny that we have ever set out to mislead, cheat or defraud our many happy clients."

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