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6th dog’s sickness allegedly linked to Pawsitively Paradise

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The Martin County Sheriff’s Workplace advised WPTV on Monday that the necropsy for one of many dogs despatched to the College of Florida is now full however is being reviewed by extra professionals for a second opinion.

Deputies stated the canine was a 2-year-old golden doodle who died final week after 4 hours within the care of Pawsitively Paradise and its proprietor, Nikki Camerlengo, launching the company’s third investigation into the canine coaching and grooming facility.

The update comes as Alexis Kaclik went to the Martin County Sheriff’s Workplace on Monday to file a report on an incident involving the canine coaching firm in 2018.

She’s the latest person to take action.

Alexis Kaclik went to the Martin County Sheriff's Office to file a report on an incident that...
Alexis Kaclik went to the Martin County Sheriff’s Workplace to file a report on an incident that occurred with the canine coaching firm in 2018.

“I really feel like she must be held accountable for all of those deaths and he or she shouldn’t be allowed to run her facility anymore,” Kaclik stated.

Kaclik is now the sixth person WPTV has reported on who stated they’ve had horrific experiences with the canine coaching facility.

Alexis Kaclik says her dog died after going to the dog training company in 2018.
Alexis Kaclik says her canine died after going to the canine coaching firm in 2018.

All however Kaclik advised WPTV and/or deputies their dogs died in Camerlengo’s care.

“I’m past grateful. It might have went manner worse,” Kaclik stated.

Kaclik stated a pal beneficial Camerlengo for coaching in 2018. After Camerlengo skilled the canine for per week, Kaclik stated she dropped off her canine for boarding however got here again to seek out her canine seeming to be extraordinarily sick and having hassle respiration.

“I simply, I knew from once I picked her up one thing was mistaken, so I had introduced her into the vet and he or she ended up having {a partially} collapsed trachea,” Kaclik stated.

Oakley survived however nonetheless is not again to regular almost six years later.

“She will be able to’t put on a collar anymore. She will be able to solely put on harnesses,” stated Kaclik.

Like a number of others to whom WPTV spoke, Kaclik did not make a copy of the veterinarian information and did not suppose to file a police report on the time, so it is unknown what occurred.

“Clearly, this was earlier than all these tales got here out, so I used to be identical to, properly, perhaps … I do not know. I do not know,” stated Kaclik, shaking her head. “And once I reached out to Nikki, she was very defensive, saying she didn’t do something mistaken.”

WPTV tried to succeed in Camerlengo to deal with these new allegations however she hasn’t returned reporter Kate Hussey’s calls.

Camerlengo’s brother, John Camerlengo, did speak to WPTV and denied any wrongdoing in Kaclik’s case.

John Camerlengo told WPTV reporter Kate Hussey there was nowrongdoing by his sister in Alexa...
John Camerlengo advised WPTV reporter Kate Hussey there was nowrongdoing by his sister in Alexa Kaclik’s case. April 1, 2024

He additionally advised Hussey the dogs that died had pre-existing circumstances, referring particularly to a retriever that died in 2022, telling WPTV the canine had pneumonia.

“You’re investigating the ‘Dog Murder?’ Nikki’s been coaching dogs for twenty-four years, she’s obtained over 1,500 folks that, by no means a canine [died] till a pair years in the past,” Camerlengo stated.

“I will push again on that a little bit bit as a result of the necropsy report we’ve got exhibits the canine did not have a pre-existing situation,” Hussey replied.

The necropsy report states the canine was completely wholesome when it died, and examined detrimental for viral and bacterial pneumonia. We confirmed Camerlengo that report, and likewise requested him to deal with the a number of allegations of dogs dying within the facility’s care going way back to 2014.

“That’s six dogs. How do you clarify that?” Hussey requested.

“I believe its humorous that when this canine died, others got here out of the woodwork and stated, oh, I had a canine die!” Camerlengo responded.

Chief Deputy John Budensiek of the Martin County Sheriff’s Workplace stated he did not suppose it’s humorous, nor a coincidence.

Chief Deputy John Budensiek of the Martin County Sheriff's Office it's not a coincidence there...
Chief Deputy John Budensiek of the Martin County Sheriff’s Workplace it isn’t a coincidence there are a number of circumstances involving Pawsitively Paradise.

“There’s nothing humorous about this,” Budensiek stated. “It’s exceptional. It is completely not a coincidence. We don’t get these incidents again to again to again. Plenty of these witnesses are actually popping out, victims are actually popping out and saying this occurred to us additionally. We all know of three within the final yr and a half and this isn’t regular.”

Budensiek stated deputies have taken a take a look at the necropsy that is now full for the canine that died final week, however stated the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which paid for the necropsy, wants some clarification earlier than transferring ahead.

“There are some considerations that they’ve throughout the necropsy however want a second opinion, so that they’re now working with the College of Texas and another organizations,” Budensiek stated. “Within the interim, be extraordinarily cautious the place you are taking your pet, don’t take it to Pawsitively Paradise. Interval.

Kaclik stated she hopes that warning hits home.

“She ought to have gotten in hassle from the primary loss of life. however 5 – 6 now? That is loopy,” Kaclik stated. “It should hold occurring if one thing is not finished.

Deputies are additionally ready on the necropsy outcomes for one more canine they are saying died within the facility’s care in February.

One of many different points we’re monitoring is an absence of checks and balances within the canine coaching trade.

Camerlengo has already been cited eight instances for improper care of animals, and Martin County Code Enforcement advised Hussey there isn’t any restrict to the variety of citations she will be able to get. They do not have the facility to tug a business license.

We have additionally discovered there aren’t any particular requirements required for canine coaching. There isn’t any federal or state certification required, and thus nobody holding canine trainers accountable or implementing humane coaching procedures.

We’re working to deal with the issue with native legislators.

Scripps Solely Content material 2024


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