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Laughlin Kennel Puppy Mill Sold Another Sick Dog For $1,200 That Died In 8 Days After Their Vet Was Too Busy, Refusing Refund And Blaming The Victims

Laughlin Kennel Puppy Mill Sold Another Sick Dog For $1,200 That Died In 8 Days After Their Vet Was Too Busy, Refusing Refund And Blaming The Victims

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Look who’s up to their old tricks:

Yup, Laughlin Kennel. Selling sick dogs again. Business as usual.

For those of you unfamiliar with Massachusetts most infamous puppy mill, you can catch up our exposes on them hereBut this is what they do. They ship in puppies from shady breeders in Missouri, jam them into cages that are often too small for them (causing stunted growth and deformities), have unlicensed employees give them vaccinations, keep hundreds at a time outside in the winter and thus keeping the neighbors up all night (the Fink family who owns Laughlin Kennel does not have to live there), sell these puppies to unsuspecting customers, and then not provide any sort of refund when the puppies get sick or die in the weeks thereafter. Many owners get attached to the dogs, only to find out that it’s going to cost them thousands upon thousands of dollars to keep their dogs alive.

This is what the dogs sound like all night as the Fink family (the owners) sit in their home in Sutton:

Their Yelp is fun:


Here’s some horrific videos of an unlicensed employee injecting dogs:


Here’s some images from their basement:


As you can see the dogs are too big for the cages, and this is what their stunted grown looks like:

There are also numerous complaints on filed from neighbors and customers, as well as with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the AG, about conditions there and the sick dogs purchased from Laughlin. For that reason Laughlin Kennel was ordered by the town of Oxford to cease and desist their operation. But since they have appealed it, they are allowed to keep doing business.

For what it’s worth, Yesenia Cirilo is a smoking hot Mom who may have saved Orlando from the terrorists.

She also had a boxer for ten years that died from cancer in February. Her two boys, aged 3 and 5, wanted a new boxer. So she purchased Logan from Laughlin Kennel on June 2, 2017 for $1,200.

Yes, this was not a smart move. Laughlin Kennel is a well documented puppy mill who has sold countless sick puppies to unsuspecting customers. However, despite the fact that she lives in Worcester she somehow had never heard of Turtleboy before. I didn’t know that was possible, but she obviously didn’t read our stories on them. She is not to blame for what happened here, even though many are blaming her. She made a mistake, she didn’t research, and now she can tell her story so that others don’t do what she did.

Anyway, she bought Logan mostly to make her adorable children happy, and as you can see they took a liking to Logan rather quickly:

After two days with the dog they noticed Logan wasn’t eating anything. His nose was also cracked and peeling off in pieces. So she called Laughlin Kennel. And who answered the phone? This broad:

Jennifer Gardner. The former owner of the disgraced Elite Puppies in Webster, which closed after similar allegations to the ones plaguing Laughlin Kennel. Naturally when you shut down your puppy mill in Webster, you just start working at the puppy mill in neighboring Oxford.

But instead of assisting Yesenia, Jennifer Gardner told her that the contract says that if the customer notices anything wrong with the dog they have to bring the dog to THEIR vet, not another vet. But their vet was allegedly busy, and they told her that what was happening to Logan was perfectly normal. Yesenia has the call logs to confirm this. Here’s a small sample:

By the fourth day they noticed that Logan had a fever as well. They once again called up Laughlin Kennel and were once again told that their vet did not have time to see Logan and that what was happening was normal.

According to a former Laughlin Kennel employee who quit in April after seeing the deplorable conditions there, this was not surprising at all. According to her employees are not allowed to bring phones into the basement after the Turtleboy expose:

And Laughlin has a history of telling people customers to take their dogs to an independent vet, because in the contract it states that the dogs have to be seen by a Laughlin Kennel vet, so when they see an independent vet Laughlin is no longer responsible:

But the vet only comes once a week according to the former employee, and she soehow checks the health of 130 dogs in 3 hours:

The employee also claims that she’s seen dogs living in cages far too cramped with no access to food or water, and the dogs shit all over each other and festoon in their own glorious poop:

Shocking that so many of them end up getting sick. Can’t figure out why.

Anyway, after having the dog for a week on Friday, Yesenia noticed that Logan was running fevers and lethargic. She once again called Laughlin and they once again told her the vet was busy and couldn’t see Logan. They instructed her to take him to an independent vet if she was that worried, thus giving them an out when it comes to liability. So she did. And $300 later her vet sent her home with IV fluids for Logan. But by 5 PM he wouldn’t move at all and was breathing strangely, so they rushed him to Tufs for tests and X-Rays. This was his condition:

As you can see the poor dog can barely breathe. After that they called an at-home vet, who of course had to be paid another $400, saw the dog in that condition, and told Yesenia to immediately get Logan to Tufts. So she did on that Friday night. And once again she had to shell out $1,500 for x-rays, blood test catheters, more IV fluids, antibiotics, pain medication, and an overnight stay.

And what did they get for all this money? Bad news – Logan had a septic infection. They called Yesenia on Saturday morning and told her they could put him through surgery that would cost anywhere from $4,000-$6,000, but there would be a good chance that he wouldn’t make it due to how sick he was. So they brought up the prospect of euthanizing poor Logan. For a single, working class mother like Yesenia, she couldn’t afford to do this, especially since it would likely be wasted money and Logan would not live regardless. She made the agonizing choice to euthanize the dog her children had already come to love because at this point Logan was screaming in pain.

According to paperwork from Laughlin Kennel, these are the breeders that sent Logan to them from Iowa:

Melvin Nisley is listed as the breeder. He’s also listed as one of the Top 100 worst puppy mills in the United States by the Humane Society. You can read about his shadiness here, here, and here. The Nisley’s have been given an official warning by the USDA after several dogs were found in need of veterinary care, including this poor Chihuahua with one missing eye and one abnormally enlarged eye.

As you can the Nisley’s are pieces of shit who make money by forcing dogs to fuck each other so they can sell their offspring, store them in inhumane conditions, and then wipe their hands of it. Laughlin Kennel does business with these people because they sell the dogs for the cheapest, thus maximizing Laughlin’s profit margins.

Obviously Yesenia would like to be compensated for this. But of course Laughlin Kennel is refusing, even though the contract states that if the animal gets sick within the first 14 days they get a full refund. Jennifer Gardner, the disgraced former puppy mill proprietor, blamed it on the dog eating a crayon without any sort of evidence. In fairness, Yesenia did tell the vet at Tufts that the dog had eaten some crayon:

And their shitstain lawyer son is threatening to sue people who are sharing her story:

Here are the Fink’s, fighting the cease and desist order from the zoning board and harassing peaceful protesters:

But his was before Yesenia had any idea that Logan could not have developed sepsis that quickly. So the Fink family has been blasting this letter all over the place as if it proves something. Because that’s just how they do at Laughlin Kennel – they blame you. Except there’s just one problem with that – it takes 2 to 3 weeks for a sepsis infection to develop:

And Yesenia’s family only had the dog for a week. So if the dog did eat a crayon it would take at least 2-3 weeks to get a sepsis infection.

But yet according to documents signed by Laughlin’s own vet, Logan had a heart murmur on May 19:

And look what IS a cause of sepsis infections in dogs:

Yup, heart murmurs. It also comes from ecoli, which would make sense since the dogs at Laughlin Kennel are known to festoon in their own feces all day.

The bottom line is Laughlin Kennel sold this woman a sick dog. They refused to have their vet see the dog, forcing Yesenia to pay thousands of dollars in vet bills, and then blamed her for letting the dog die. All because they were too cheap to give her a refund. Meanwhile her poor kids are devastated, and Yesenia can’t afford to buy them a new dog at this time.

Here’s my question – Is there anything we can do for Yesenia? Money is an issue, and we generally like to avoid the GoFundMe route. Perhaps someone out there reading this could hook her family up with a boxer? I know it’s a long shot, and honestly I have no idea how this process works since I’ve never bought a dog. But if you have any suggestions please email us at turtleboysports@gmail.com or message us on Facebook.


P.S. There’s a protest outside of Laughlin Kennel on June 24 at 10 AM. It’s on Larned Rd in South Oxford. These protests bring together the many people who have purchased sick puppies from this disgraced puppy mill, that should not be operating.







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3 Comment(s)
  • Davidsl88
    June 13, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Shame on this vet Cheryl (what’s-her-guts)!!!! She is obviously an amoral, unethical POC. Does she have a private practice? Am I imagining she (once/currently?) works at that vet office in Webster??? Maybe she needs a rude awakening.

  • The Executioner
    June 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    someone needs to go in there with one of these pogo cams… pogotec.com/products/pogocam

  • Sperm Cannon
    June 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Unfortunately, scum like this give good breeders a bad name.

    Whenever you are interested in purchasing a pure-bred dog, you should contact the AKC, obtain the name of the AKC-nationally-recognized club for that breed, and then contact the club to get a list of reputable breeders in your area. As a breeder myself, there are strict standards we have to adhere to in order to be recognized by our national organization as a legitimate breeder (e.g. each bitch can only have 1 litter every 2 years, mandatory OFA examinations, mandatory (publicly accessible) health records of the bitch and sire, etc.)

    Just one point of (mis)information in the article: You do not have to be licensed to give your dog inoculations. The only vaccine which must be given by a licensed professional is the rabies vaccine. Other vaccines, such as distemper and para-influenza, can be administered by anyone who knows how to do it. In fact, you can buy the vaccines yourself at Tractor Supply for a fraction of what vets charge you. (I still recommend taking your dog to the vet at least once a year for a routine wellness check, though, including a 4DX test for heartworm disease and tick-transmitted pathogens)

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