Think about how much time and attention people put into vetting those they trust to care for their children.
Well, you should take that same time and attention when it comes to your pets.
Rachel Grace Tyrer from Jonesboro, Arkansas thought her dog Ollie was in good hands when she brought him to Hunter Nelson’s Four Legged Retrievers four-week obedience program.
But that was the last time she saw Ollie. Tyrer found Ollie in a very sickly condition.
She tracked down his owner who didn’t want him anymore so she took him in.
“He had three owners before and he didn’t know who to listen to,” she told NEA Report.
Tyrer spent lots of money taking Ollie to the vet to get him healthy.
Once he was healthy, it was time for him to go to obedience school.
According to Tyrer, Ollie’s four-week stay at Four Legged Retrievers turned into an 11-week stay.
Tyrer first reached out to Nelson for some advice since the two went to high school together.
He convinced her that Ollie needed obedience training and she finally gave in.
Tyrer says she wasn’t happy about the dog’s extended stay.
So, she reached out to Nelson several times but every time he had some sort of excuse as to why she couldn’t come see him or pick him up.
“We had a little trouble with him picking Ollie up,” Tyrer said. “He [Nelson] had other clients to meet.”
She was told her dog would be shown in photos on Facebook posts and sent via text but she never saw any of that.
“He kept saying he was going to post things on Facebook and tag me and never did that,” Tyrer said. “I asked for photos but he never sent me any pictures.”
Nelson even scheduled five different meetings with Tyrer and her dog so she could see his progress but he canceled them all.
Tyrer just told herself that Nelson must be busy. Nelson also kept telling her that
Ollie was really bad and hard to train and needed more time.
Tyrer explained that Ollie wouldn’t be allowed in her house and that he would only be kept outside.
“I knew that wasn’t right. I knew that wasn’t correct,” she said.
Nelson later said that he wanted to use Ollie in a demonstration with another trainer but when Tyrer reached out to that trainer the trainer said that Nelson was lying.
He also said that Ollie was bitten by a snake but when Tyrer called the vet to confirm the vet said they had no dog named Ollie. To be honest, that sounds a little fishy to me on Tyrer’s part. Who would allow someone to keep their pet or kid for an extended period of time?
Especially when you’re getting weird B.S. responses. I would have immediately charged down to the business to get my dog or called the police.
Anyway, next thing Tyrer knows is that she gets a text saying that Ollie passed away and that he was already buried. He told her this via text.
“He has not called me since my dog supposedly died,” Tyrer said. “I tried to call him and he wouldn’t answer. I tried to call him and he would say sorry. I’m busy. I’ll talk to you later. He’s so shady. I don’t understand it.”
I mean, how completely insane is that! How could you bury someone’s pet without letting them know and giving them a chance to say goodbye?
Poor Tyrer. I could imagine how awfully devastated she was.
Since Nelson was being a total sketchball, Tyrer started to ask some questions. Rachel suspects that Nelson might have sold her dog online.
Nelson told NEA Report that he couldn’t speak about the issue on the advice of his lawyer but did say that “it’s not all true.” After some pressing by NEA, he opened up a little bit.
“Truth is dog got bit by a snake passed away I should of taken dog straight to vet like I was supposed to do, but instead I flipped and didn’t.”
He said the dog was buried “correctly by all means.” Nelson claims that he didn’t sell the dog and had no other explanation for his lack of transparency.
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Others on Facebook said that Nelson pulled similar stunts with them and mistreated their dogs as well.
Tyrer said she is sharing her story in hopes of getting Ollie back and making sure others don’t go through the same thing.
“I don’t want anybody to suffer through literally my suffering for the past three or four months. It’s been horrible to deal with him and get over the loss of a family member and to have someone treat you like a piece of dirt,” she said.
Everything about this story is bizarre. Bottom line: make sure you’re leaving your dog in the care of reputable trainers, doctors, and caretakers.
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