According to Friday's KSDK News, a military family in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., is upset after they were scammed out of thousands of dollars by someone who was posing as a puppy breeder.
Whitney and Oatis Henry fell in love with an English bulldog pup who was supposedly named "Daisy." The puppy was located through an online breeder going by the name of Glenn's Kennels. The couple jumped at the chance to secure a pup for just $890 - about half of what they saw puppies of the same breed being sold for elsewhere.
It turns out that the "good deal" was too good to be true.
The family shelled out the initial $890 and waited to pick up their pup at the airport, but Daisy was nowhere to be found. The scam-artist then told the family that since the pup was just 11-weeks-old, they needed to pay an additional $1,200 for insurance.
Henry was talked into spending over $1,000 more for supposed puppy permits - none of the "breeder's" demands were legitimate and it is unlikely that Daisy even existed.
When all was said and done, the family was out $3,500 and they still did not have the puppy that they were hoping for. The Better Business Bureau was contacted about what happened, but the family knows that they will likely never get their money back. According to KSDK News, the BBB did shut down Glenn's Kennels following the Henry family's ordeal.
For those individuals who insist on buying a puppy from a breeder, rather than adopting one from a rescue agency or animal shelter, beware of online ads. It is best to thoroughly research a breeder and visit the premises to meet the parents, and the puppies, before making a purchase - never utilize wire transfers or reloadable money cards.
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