What Did Dorit Kemsley From ‘RHOBH’ Do Wrong With Her Dog Rescue?

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During the explosive season premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, fans finally got to see what occurred when Dorit Kemsley adopted a dog from Lisa Vanderpump‘s rescue.

Rumors swirled around what happened. Many appeared to be one of the reasons why Vanderpump is on the outs with the cast. The story took on a life of its own. Tabloid headlines eluded that Kemsley “dumped the dog” and that Vanderpump and Kemsley were “at war” over the curfuffle.

The first episode of the season recounts what happened with the adoption, but what did Kemsley do that was wrong? And do other dog rescue organizations have a similar policy?

Here’s what happened

Kemsley adopted a dog named Lucy from Vanderpump’s rescue, Vanderpump Dogs. However, the dog nipped at her children and even bit her husband. RHOBH shared an image of Kemsley’s husband’s bitten nose.

Cast members Kyle Richards and Teddi Mellencamp visited the rescue. John Sessa, executive director of Vanderpump Dogs hinted about Kemsley’s dog while holding the pup in his arms. Vanderpump joined the women and kept trying to “shush” Sessa about spreading gossip. However, Kemsley arranged for a private adoption to another person instead of returning to the dog to the rescue. Unfortunately, that person ultimately dropped the dog off at a shelter.

Vanderpump was called when the dog ended up at the shelter. The shelter identified the Vanderpump Dog, “Because we have microchips in all our dogs,” Vanderpump explained. Lucy was retrieved and returned to Vanderpump Dogs.

Vanderpump tries to explain

Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd have dinner with Dorit and PK Kemsley. There, Vanderpump explains to the Kemsleys that they were supposed to return the dog to the rescue.

“I know you had no malintent or bad intention,” Vanderpump states. But Kemsley insists she spoke to Vanderpump about the woman who came to her home looking to adopt Lucy. When Kemsley’s husband claims it was a mistake that could have been made by anyone, Vanderpump says that it isn’t.

She says the rescue includes very strict rules and a $5,000 penalty to avoid what occurred. Kemsley admits she didn’t totally review the contract. So she wasn’t overly aware that she should have returned Lucy to the rescue.

Most rescues operate the same way

Frustrated new dog rescue owners may think they are doing the humane thing by rehoming the dog on their own. However, Inga Fricke, Director of Pet Retention Programs for the Humane Society of the United States told Lifehacker that isn’t a good move.

Many rescues require you to return the dog instead of rehoming the pup yourself. Even if you think you’ve found the perfect situation, like Kemsley, the rescue is probably a better judge of finding the right fit. Returning the dog to the rescue provides the rescue with the chance to find a forever home.

For instance, the South Florida Pet Rescue & Rehabilitation’s contact states that adopters must return the pup to the rescue if unable to care for the dog during its lifetime. The dog may not be sold, given to or adopted by anyone else. Or euthanized unless determined necessary by a veterinarian.

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