She Claims To Run ‘Animal Haven’ But It’s Disgusting And Puppies Were Eaten
Our main goal at I Love My Dog is to help animals in need. We work tirelessly to raise awareness about animal rescue, animal abuse and other causes that need our focus and attention. As we say, over and over again, animals cannot help themselves and it is our job to advocate for dogs without voices.
That is why a story like this destroys us. A woman claiming to be an animal rescuer is, in fact, an accused con artist and animal abuser. At only 18 years old, Destiny Collins decided her best way to ‘help the world’ was to take in dogs who needed help and then mistreat them.
She then attempted to profit from their horrible conditions.
The Utah woman is under investigation for mistreating ‘rescue’ dogs. The mistreatment was so extreme that puppies were actually eaten alive. More than a dozen dogs live on her property and she calls the organization “Animal Haven.” But her home is anything but that!
One victim of Collins con is Melissa Meloney. Melissa placed a ‘failed service dog’ with Collins. In exchange to this, Collins gave her another dog who they felt could be successfully trained as a service dog.
But Melissa says that the dog she got in return was severely underweight and in poor health so she brought the dog back.
Melissa also said that Collins’ property was deplorable. It had ‘everything piled on top of everything, on top of poop, on top of pee, — a direct quote from Belle Lewis, a former friend of Collins.
Belle Lewis alerted local police to the conditions after being inside the house. Lewis also inquired about three puppies that were for sale and Collins admitted that three puppies were eaten alive by other dogs on the property (see Facebook messages below).
Lewis said “She’s trying to make money off of breeding. She tries to tell people that she trains service dogs, but the service dogs that she’s training aren’t trained at all. They know basically no commands. They bite people.”
When FOX13 was invited into Collins’ yard, a pack of dogs ran around, destroying a dirty couch. Dogs were biting each other, as well as Collins. The yard was covered in dog feces. There was dog food but the water tub looked filthy.
Belle Lewis also says she has Facebook messages from Collins admitting that full litters of puppies have died of disease and one litter was eaten alive by another starving dog.
Since posting the photos and info to Facebook, Collins claims she’s being harassed online.
According to FOX13, “Collins says all accusations are lies and that her dogs are healthy, trained and well-fed.” Collins also claims that the dogs are sick and skinny because they’re recovering from being in abusive homes.
The puppies, Collins claims, are accidental but she did admit that she has bred dogs in her care every few years and sold them. She also insists that no puppy has ever been killed on her property.
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Does this sound familiar? Your dog suddenly starts making loud snorting sounds—over and over again, in quick succession. Do you start wondering, did they swallow something they shouldn’t have? Can they breathe?! Chances are, you’re experiencing the infamous “reverse sneeze.” Veterinarians often see dogs whose owners rushed them in for an emergency appointment after finding them standing with their elbows apart, head pulled back, and eyes bulging as they snort or gasp repeatedly. Yet for the vast majority of these dogs, a vet visit was unnecessary.
Reverse sneezing looks and sounds scary the first time you encounter it. However, it’s a fairly common and harmless respiratory event for dogs.
Read on to learn how to identify reverse sneezing, what causes it, and how to tell the difference between a harmless reverse sneeze and something else.
What is reverse sneezing?
A reverse sneeze is pretty much what it sounds like: a sneeze that happens in reverse! The above video is a good example of what it looks and sounds like.
In a regular sneeze, air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. In a reverse sneeze, air is rapidly, and noisily, pulled in through the nose. It occurs in spasms lasting anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute and sounds like snorting, snuffling, and even gagging. See the above video for an example.
Because of the sounds their dogs make while reverse sneezing, many people mistakenly think their dog is choking. However, a reverse sneeze is almost as normal and harmless as a regular sneeze.
There’s no single cause for a reverse sneeze. Like regular sneezing, it’s often triggered by an irritation or inflammation in the nose, throat, or sinuses. It often occurs when dogs wake up from a nap, or after eating, when their breathing pattern may have rapidly changed. It’s also caused by irritants in the airway—anything from dust to an inhaled hair!
Some dogs experience more frequent reverse sneezing in springtime when the air is full of pollen and other allergens. Others reverse sneeze more in the winter, when sudden temperature changes between outdoors and indoors cause the nasal passages to contract.
Another common cause of reverse sneezing is pressure on the throat and neck. A too-tight collar, or straining against the leash, can irritate the throat and lead to a reverse sneeze. That’s just one more reason to consider a harness for your dog.
Finally, some dogs reverse sneeze after exercise, or when they’re overexcited. This is particularly common among brachycephalic, or short-nosed, breeds like pugs and bulldogs. When they get worked up, they may inhale their elongated soft palates into the throat, triggering an episode of reverse sneezing.
Reverse sneezing is super-common, and it won’t hurt your dog. However, some dogs become anxious during a reverse sneezing episode, and a lengthy episode may be uncomfortable.
You can help your dog recover from a reverse sneezing episode by remaining calm yourself. If you get anxious, your dog’s anxiety will increase, too. So, stay calm, and show your dog there’s nothing to panic about.
If your dog is experiencing a particularly long episode of reverse sneezing, you may be able to ease or end the episode by:
Gently massaging your dog’s throat
Briefly covering their nostrils, which will cause them to swallow and potentially stop sneezing
Depressing their tongue with your hand to help open airways
Some vets suggest gently blowing in your dog’s face
In the vast majority of cases, there’s no need to intervene. Reverse sneezing doesn’t last long, and your dog will be perfectly normal after it stops.
When you should go to the vet:
As mentioned, reverse sneezing rarely requires veterinary treatment. As soon as the sneezing episode stops, the situation is resolved. However, if episodes increase in frequency or duration, you should call the vet just in case. You should also seek treatment if your dog’s reverse sneezing is accompanied by other respiratory symptoms or if they have any unusual discharge from their nose.Occasionally, chronic reverse sneezing can be a symptom of more serious issues. These include nasal mites, foreign objects in the airway, respiratory infections, and tracheal collapse. If you’re concerned about the intensity of your dog’s reverse sneezing, take a video to show the vet. They’ll be able to determine potential causes.Most dogs experience episodes of reverse sneezing at some point in their lives. For the vast majority of dogs, it’s a common, temporary, harmless reaction with no lasting aftereffects. Of course, it still sounds unsettling to our human ears! But now that you know what reverse sneezing is, you’ll be less likely to make an unnecessary vet visit.