The more posts I read the more I can't figure why Lisa/VPD gave Dorit's family a puppy in the first place. There's a rescue near me just north of LA that is similar to VPD but you'd never know that there is wealth behind the scenes and that the rescue is a passion project. Because I've had interest in their dogs and they've explained how they place dogs, I know that they wouldn't give a puppy or small dog to a home with little kids. They would look for a home with previous dog/puppy experience and with possibly another trained and balanced dog and definitely older kids.
That said, it seems like Dorit got special consideration with the first dog and definitely with the second. I wonder if Lisa's partner wasn't 100% behind the placement in the first place but did it because they were friends of the Todd's. After Dorit didn't return Lucy and VPD had to re-rescue her the two Johns had fits and Lisa did try to keep the peace with everyone because of Ken's request to keep the story quiet. Teddy gets the story because she's a friend of VPD and from there it becomes a Housewife storyline.
I think the story really starts with it being a bad placement in the first place. VPD was negligent in giving a puppy to a chaotic home that thinks a dog is an accessory with no agency. It started wrong but ended up hopefully with Lucy in an appropriate placement.
And as an aside, Lucy while being put into a very stressful situation probably wasn't in danger from a kill shelter because of the micro chip and all the rescue agencies that have relationships with the shelters. There are many rescue groups that take all the adoptable dogs out of shelters. Its actually hard to find a healthy pet under three years old in a shelter around LA and Ventura Counties because the rescues snap them up.