On 4/17/07 my husband and I entered into a contract with Michele Prichard, owner of AAA Diamond Sphynx. We paid a $500.00 deposit to secure a kitten, and we were promised delivery on 5/27/07. Article 6 of the contract states, "AAA Diamond Sphynx Cattery agrees to provide neutering/spaying prior to cat/kitten being placed as pets or show alters and placed into their new homes." The total agreed-upon cost for the kitten, which included the cost of spaying, was $900.00.
On the weekend we were scheduled to take possession, we traveled from our home in the Washington, D.C. area to Pittsburgh, where the breeder operates. When we arrived we were informed by the breeder's son that she was not available due to an unforeseen emergency. He then informed us that the cattery had been unable to get the kitten spayed as stipulated in the contract, but that his mother would refund us $100 of the remaining $400 we were paying that day, once we showed proof that we had gotten the kitten spayed.
Ms. Prichard had made no attempt to apprise of the situation in advance so we could make an informed entry into the contract as she was altering it. We had no opportunity to research the situation and no choice but to comply or forfeit our deposit and our kitten. When we returned home, our vet informed us they would not perform a spay surgery prior to a female kitten's 6 month anniversary.
On 10/3/07, the kitten was spayed at a cost of $168.00. Since that time, we have sent e-mails to the two e-mail addresses known to us (including the one currently posted on the owner's web site), and called her at least 20 times. She owes us not only money, but also our kitten's official papers.
We have now filed a complaint with the BBB, that she picked up through certified mail 2 months ago, but chose to ignore. This breeder acted in bad faith in the execution of the contract and by taking advantage of our position of having traveled from out of the state and possessing little knowledge in the area of the costs and responsibilities associated with getting a female kitten spayed.