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PostSubject: Tamra and Dan Rothenburger/AZ Sugar Glider Rescue   Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:16 pm

I was asked to post this warning here where it can be kept on record.

It has been brought to my attention that a warning needs to be posted. I have been informed of the following activities, and checked around with others to verify that there is truth in each one, with actual on-scene witnesses in some cases. Some of the pictures speak for themselves. Please avoid doing business with or contributing to Az Sugar Glider Rescue, run by Tamra Rothenburger and her husband Dan. She is also working closely with a breeder named Derrick who has his own terrible practices. This ugly history started almost two years ago, and their track record has grown quite a bit in that time.

Failure to vet rescues and personal pet gliders in great need of vet care (several counts)
Adopting out rescues still in great need of vet care, leading to death in the new home
Failure to follow vet instructions
Failure to provide proper aftercare, leading to death
Allowing rescues to breed
Selling rescues for a profit
Acquiring expensive personal pet gliders in favor of using the money on currently needed vet care
Allowing her dogs regular contact with her gliders
Repeatedly using poor judgment when it comes to the safety of her gliders, in at least one case leading to death due to lack of vet care
Begging individuals for cash donations to cover vet bills, food, and supplies
Threatening individuals repeatedly with physical harm
Identity fraud leading to defamation of a respected individual's reputation

A very well respected glider vet in AZ refused to work with her any longer due to her inability to follow aftercare instructions, if that says anything about her purposeful neglect.

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www.azsugargliderrescue.com

http://www.scrapbookingmoms.com/azsuggies/index.html (Derrick's connected site)

Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/azsugargliderrescue

Article recently released after her glider gathering, including photos and participation from both Tamra and Derrick

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143251/Is-bird-Is-squirrel-ADORABLE-photographs-incredible-furry-sugar-glider-Down-Under--FLY.html

Several individuals have contacted me with their own horror stories about Tamra since this was originally posted a few days ago, including at least one person that has told me about the condition of the inside of her house. Gliders are housed in tiny cages or aquariums, there were many with open wounds, she was asking $500 for a single m/f pair. Her personal gliders are not kept in a cage and interact with other pets on a regular basis. In one case, her glider Apollo swallowed a foxtail weed off of her dog's back and he died a few days later, the vet said she could have saved him if she had taken him in when he had been showing obvious signs of distress. Most that have contacted me wish to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation. [content removed by administration]. Not a single person in the AZ/NM area will put their name on these testimonies. She is also a master manipulator and can talk herself out of situations easily. Please be very cautious if you solicit contact with her for any reason.

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This glider is one of her personal pets, we believe it was adopted from Priscilla. She has had it long enough to know that the coat condition is due to her care and not the breeder's. Many have concerns about the way its fur looks. I've heard she supposedly feeds Priscilla's, but she has admitted in previous communications that she had no money for food for them, so no one knows for sure.


This picture was taken a day after she took this male in. As you can see, the wound on his neck is bad but it has plenty of potential for recovery. His fur is relatively healthy looking.


This is the same male with his cagemate, after several weeks with Tamra. He was only vetted weeks after she took him in for a neuter. This picture was taken shortly before this pair was adopted--yes, they were adopted in this shape to a first time glider owner. The male with the neck wound died shortly after adoption.


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PostSubject: Re: Tamra and Dan Rothenburger/AZ Sugar Glider Rescue   Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:48 pm

So very disturbing. Is she licensed? Does she have legitimate rescue certification? Have the authorities been notified?
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PostSubject: Re: Tamra and Dan Rothenburger/AZ Sugar Glider Rescue   Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:52 pm

She has a 501c, I think she got it recently? I cannot discuss what legal action is planned at this point, but there will be backlash.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamra and Dan Rothenburger/AZ Sugar Glider Rescue   Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:18 pm

I assume there will be - there would almost have to be in a case like this if there is proof to substantiate what's happening.

Thanks for keeping us up to date with this.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamra and Dan Rothenburger/AZ Sugar Glider Rescue   Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:14 am

More links we have found...it seems Tamra loves to be in the public eye.

http://www.incrediblefeatures.net/blog/2012/05/exclusive-first-annual-arizona-sugar-glider-event/exclusive-first-annual-arizona-sugar-glider-event/

http://cybersugars.webs.com/fundraiser.htm

https://www.facebook.com/AzSugarGliderGetTogether

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Az-Sugar-Glider-Rescue-Paradise/352379391490833

http://www.cafepress.com/azsugargliderrescue

http://www.stumbleupon.com/content/2yMlfM

http://www.pandahi.com/1008398370.html

She is also listed as a rescue on Sugar Glider Help, please rate her (or remove her if possible) so that others don't get taken in:

http://www.sugargliderhelp.com/links/pages/Sugar_Glider_Rescue_Database/index.html

And multiple postings of the same article I linked in the original post:

http://articles.ghananation.com/uk/16269-is-it-a-bird-is-it-a-squirrel-adorable-photographs-show-the-incredible-furry-sugar-glider-from-down-under-that-can-fly.html

http://dailypetfwd.blogspot.com/2012/05/is-it-bird-is-it-squirrel-adorable.html

I also saw this posted on the rescue's wall...apparently her vet isn't good enough to find joeys this large in a rescue, so they x-rayed with joeys in pouch. I can't imagine doing such would be anything but bad for a developing fetus...correct me if I'm wrong?

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=326169837459725&set=a.124062701003774.25670.100002001339002&type=1&theater
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PostSubject: Re: Tamra and Dan Rothenburger/AZ Sugar Glider Rescue   Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:01 am

This is not surprising. Tamra has been on many people's radar for a long time.

Last year, we received 5 different complaints about her. So, I began looking in to the stories that were being told. I even went directly to Tamra in email and asked for "her side" of each story. She was not threatening or ugly at all, but she did refuse to respond to any of the allegations against her. Most of them are the same as those listed above, with one exception. Two of the complaints we received were from vendors who were never paid for the items they shipped to her.

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PostSubject: Re: Tamra and Dan Rothenburger/AZ Sugar Glider Rescue   Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:03 pm

She also has a photo of Priscilla Price's piebald mosaic with the following caption claiming it as her own.

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Piebald Mosaics
Our newest color variation is the Piebald mosaic. Patch(Pictured Above) is very unique in that she has a normal patch on her neck, different from any other mosaic.

http://www.scrapbookingmoms.com/azsuggies/sugar_glider_colors.htm

Some of the other color gliders shown are probably also owned by other breeders.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamra and Dan Rothenburger/AZ Sugar Glider Rescue   Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:10 pm

Oh wow, I didn't even catch that she claims ownership of Patches. What makes her think she'd get away with that? Everyone knows Patches!
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PostSubject: Re: Tamra and Dan Rothenburger/AZ Sugar Glider Rescue   Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:29 am

Just wanted to note on here that the site that states Patches is their glider does not belong to her.

I have sent Derek an email asking him why he uses MANY of Priscillas gliders pictures. I will let you all know if I hear back from him.
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