I bought a male maltese from Beach Bum Kennels on January 29th. I had contacted
"Robert" (the seller) a week earlier and set up a time to view the dog Friday,
January 27th. He cancelled because he had to go to a party and rescheduled for
the next morning. Then cancelled again and said he would meet us in Tabor City
in front of the old Dodge place. It was about 6:30p.m. and there were no lights.
Robert said he didn't want to put the dog down because he didn't want him to run
off so my 8 year old daughter held him in the car. He went over the paperwork
with me since I couldn't read it in the dark and said there was a 72 hour
guarantee as long as I took the dog to a vet within 72 hours written on the
contract. However, he said I know it's impossible to get in to a vet within 72
hours so as long as you see the vet within 2 weeks I'll still honor the
guarantee. There was also a genetic defect guarantee for 2 years in the
contract. He also said the price was $350.
When I got home with the dog,
it had a limp and wouldn't bear weight on the rear leg. It's breath was
horrible. It trembled and ran from us when we put him down. I sent Robert a text
and e-mail letting him know these things. He stated the dog never had a limp
before, that it would be all right, but to let him know if the problem didn't
correct the next day. I e-mailed Robert that the limp persisted and that I
could get the dog in to see a vet Friday 2-3-12 at 4:20pm at Elizabethtown Vet
Clinic if he wanted to meet us there so he could here what the vet had to say
and make payment arrangements for the repair of the leg.
He did not show.
He did not reply. The vet took x rays and said the dog had a genetic defect
called Calves Leggs Perthes Disease which needed surgical repair and would cost
around $650. If the surgery didn't occur, the dog would suffer gradually to the
point he would have to be put down. Also, the vet said by the condition of the
mouth (severe scaling), the dog was much older than the contract stated age of
being born April, 2011 -- which is , of course falsification of records. Lastly,
the vet agreed with me that she felt the dog had been abused.
Robert to inform him of the findings and told him I would be picking up the dog
from surgery on Friday, February 10th at 3:00p.m. if he wanted to meet me there
to make the payment. I told him my daughter had already bonded with the dog and
it would be psychologically detrimental for him to take the dog back (plus I
think he would just kill the dog). He e-mailed me back reminding me of the 72
hour guarantee and that the dog didn't have a genetic defect so the 2 year
genetic guarantee was not applicable.
The contract said I paid $300, but
I paid $350. I have a receipt from the credit union where I took $360 out of the
bank 45 minutes prior to the purchase.
I think this puppy mill needs to
be investigated -- especially because Robert would not allow me to come to the
actual site but insisted that we meet somewhere. I am very worried about the
condition of the other dogs. Please advise.