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Veterinary hospital uncovers forged vaccination records

Taft Veterinary Hospital says there is a woman who is selling puppies to people with fake vaccination records citing their facility. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Taft Veterinary Hospital is sending out a warning to people after they found out a woman is allegedly forging vaccination records using the company name.

Jordan Cordova is the receptionist, she said she found this out because Rebecca Gonzalez called her to verify her new dog's records.

Gonzalez told Cordova she bought the dog from someone named Julia.

She said Julia, who never gave her last name, claims to be a breeder and gave her documentation that the dog was vaccinated on Nov. 17 at Taft Veterinary Hospital.

Cordova said they keep very organized paper and online records of anyone who comes in, and this Julia did not exist.

When she got the paperwork from Gonzalez, she immediately could tell it was forged. She said the inside and outside looked completely different.

"The whole thing was completely bizarre," she said.

Gonzalez said when she bought Coco the dog, she was told the puppy was healthy and had all of its shots.

She also said the lady who sold her Coco gave her paperwork to prove everything.

"It was a breeder with papers, but they were false papers," she said.

A few hours after the alleged breeder left Gonzales says CoCo started getting extremely sick.

Gonzalez has had CoCo since Sunday, but she has only been home for a day. The puppy has been at the Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital, where veterinarians have been working to get her healthy.

Gonzalez said at first they thought she had Parvo, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

She said doctors found out CoCo has hypoglycemia, is extremely weak, and has diarrhea.

CoCo is not on the correct medication.

"I thought I was going to bring her home, and they (veterinarians) said no, she had to stay because she didn't look good," Gonzalez said. "She's still not out of the woods yet."

Gonzalez said this is a learning experience, and she hopes that sharing her story will get people to do more research, however she does not regret getting CoCo.

"I saved her. I don't know what would have happened, but I just want her to live," she said.

Gonzalez is hoping to get more information about "Julia," so she can press charges.

Cordova said she is upset that someone would make fake vaccination records, especially for a sick puppy.

"It's upsetting," she said. "We're really confused why someone would want to do this in the first place," she said.

"Sick animals, I mean, it's a serious thing, especially when it's that young, any sickness can be fatal," Cordova said.

She is urging anyone who might have experienced something similar to contact them.

"Give us a call if anything starts to look suspicious because we can look it (records) up in a minute," Cordova said.

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