BURLINGTON - A dog on the brink of death after a two week stay at a kennel. The owners say their dog was neglected. The kennel owners say they're not to blame.
The Burlington family is heartbroken. They just returned home from a vacation to find their dog, Mojo, emaciated and injured.
"I'm sorry. It's just horrific," says Joanne Kumprey.
Joanne and David Kumprey claim when they dropped Mojo off at Dale Creek Gundogs in Burlington, he was fine. They have a vet visit receipt showing he was in good shape, but when they picked him up from the kennel, he'd lost a lot of weight and had an open wound on a swollen leg.
"So far, there's nothing to show that Dale Creek Gundogs did anything wrong," explains Paul Gagliardi.
Gagliardi is an attorney and godfather to the kennel's owner, who we're told is out of town. He says there's no proof where or when the problem started -- that Mojo ate and drank, and the kennel called when they saw the swollen paw -- the same day the Kumpreys were coming back.
The Kumpreys took their concerns to Facebook -- a post shared more than 2,000 times.
"We feel bad," Gagliardi says. "The bad thing is to all of the sudden attack someone maliciously and say all these things they're doing wrong when they really don't know what they're doing."
We asked to see the kennel conditions ourselves, but he wouldn't let our cameras on the property. Instead, he showed us pictures, dated four days after Mojo left. Now, Mojo is getting intense treatment as his family waits to see what happens next.
Gagliardi sent a cease and desist letter to the Kumpreys, telling them to back off their social media postings. The Kumpreys tell us they just need to focus on Mojo and doing what's right for him.