Woman claims she expelled live worms from her mouth, vagina and anus after adopting infected rescue dog

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Lisa Vanderpump's dog rescue outlet

A woman, is suing a dog rescue organisation because she contracted parasitic worms from the dog that she adopted from the rescue centre. She claims that she wasn’t told that the dog had worms or had not been treated at that time. She played with the dog at the rescue centre for several hours and was later allowed to take the dog home. The woman claims that as a consequence she became infested and parasitic worms were expelled from her mouth, vagina and anus!

Parasitic worms of the gut are zoonotic and therefore it is possible that this woman contracted the worms from the dog she adopted especially as it appears that the dog was not dewormed. However, for the transmission to take place the worms would have ended up on her hands while playing with the dog and then transferred to her mouth.

Lisa Vanderpump 2013

Lisa Vanderpump 2013. Photo: Wikipedia.

So, we have a court case and the plaintiff is the person who adopted the dog and contracted the parasites and her name is Kimberly Dillon. She is suing, under several headings including breach of contract and negligence, the Lisa Vanderpump Dog Rescue Foundation.

Lisa Vanderpump is a high-profile celebrity who has many talents including being an actress, author, humanitarian, television personality, designer and restauranteur! She also runs the Vanderpump Dog Foundation. They are an international foundation with a mission to create a more humane world for dogs.

There is a photograph of an outlet of this rescue organisation on Google maps which is reproduced on Yahoo News! and on this page. I believe that that is the particular establishment from which Kimberly Dillon adopted the dog who was allegedly infested with intestinal parasites.

Lisa Vanderpump's dog rescue outlet

Lisa Vanderpump’s dog rescue outlet. Photo: Google maps.

Kimberly Dillon became very ill she claims and was diagnosed with intestinal parasites which required treatment. She claims that she is traumatised and still suffers from nightmares and emotional distress. She also claims that the Vanderpump dog rescue organisation falsified the veterinary certificate which confirmed that the dog had been dewormed and also falsified immunization records. She claims that the foundation told her that the dog was in good health.

Comment: my first impression is that Kimberly Dillon is exaggerating her ill-health due to worms. My gut feeling (excuse the pun) is that it is not worthwhile suing for compensation because you’ve contracted worms from your dog when playing with the dog before adopting him or her. Even if she proves the case which is possible, the assessment for damages is probably going to be too small for her liking and the costs of the court case will probably outweigh the damages awarded.

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