I purchased a female German Shepherd puppy from Julie Martinez of Mittelwest German Shepherd Dogs, 8310 Howe Rd., Wonder Lake, IL. 60097, with the intention of breeding the puppy in a
hobby breeding business. I took the $3,500 & $350 shipping fee, a total of $3,850, from my retirement fund to invest in this expensive puppy. Ms. Martinez was well aware of my intention to breed her and the important investment I was making. I asked her for the deepest red color, best breeding candidate, from the Dezi/Albert litter born on 4/13/12.
In 27 years of owning German Shepherd Dogs, both sable and black & red, Schutzhund dogs and pet quality, I never spent this much money on a puppy before. Not only did I spend the most money ever on this puppy, I got the worst quality ever, the most deformed puppy I ever purchased in my lifetime, from Mittelwest. [continued below]....
..... This puppy was diagnosed with SEVERE hip dysplasia, so severe that Ms. Martinez refused to take the puppy back. She was too deformed to give her away as a pet.
Since this was such a huge investment for me, I asked for my money back and she refused. She said she would replace the puppy, but with what quality? I don't want another deformed, smaller than normal puppy in pain. I asked her for the best breeding quality puppy she could give me and I received the worst I ever bought. I asked Ms. Martinez to be my breeding mentor to assist me with breeding this puppy with a sire from her kennel when the puppy reached maturity. I was absolutely heartbroken over the pain this poor puppy is in.
The puppy was walking like a drunken sailor and was cow-hocked. She was biting all her fur off her thighs because she was trying to get to the pain in her hips. An x-ray showed the hips are angled back causing the hocks to rub together. This is something any breeder with 20+ years experience should notice in a puppy. The right hip is so bad that it is floating outside the pelvis and the puppy is in a lot of pain. If you look down on the hips from above, you can actually see them sticking out which is not typical of a normal German Shepherd puppy.
Ms. Martinez advised me to get a replacement puppy when it is a year old so the hips could be tested. When I asked about the 2 older puppies for sale on her website, she said one was sold and the other might also be sold. I told her I wanted the other available puppy, Tessa, and she said that I WOULD HAVE TO PAY the $350-$400 shipping cost to ship the replacement puppy to me and that I WOULD HAVE TO PAY for the x-rays to make sure the hips were OK. WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS MONETARILY CHARGES THE PURCHASER for replacing a defective product they sent to the consumer???
WHAT DO I DO NOW? I have a$3,850 puppy that is not worth giving away and a breeder who wont refund my investment. The puppy has to be on Deramaxx or other NSAID for her whole life! The
medications often damage the liver and the dog has to be tested every 6 months to make sure there are no liver complications. In great sadness and regret, I am searching for an attorney, registering a complaint with AKC, consumer protection, and every organization this breeder is affiliated with. Dont purchase a dog from this breeder.