• Report: #969896
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Bella Mia Persians/ Exotics Heather Colbert

  • Submitted: Thu, November 15, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, February 21, 2013

  • Reported By: unhappy cat lover — United States of America
Bella Mia Persians/ Exotics Heather Colbert
2439 Parker St. Mountain View Ca,94043 Internet United States of America

Bella Mia Persians/ Exotics Heather Colbert Bella Mia Persians, Exotics Buyer Beware of this individual when buying any cats or supporting this unethical breeder of persian and exotic cats , Internet


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  This person is not ethical and is not taking proper care of her cats.
We purchased a cat from this individual and had many doubts to begin with. We proceeded because we really wanted a cat for our family. Our cat has since passed away from genetic health issues that we decided we would never contact this breeder again. When we went to her house she had many cats running around and a very strong smell of urine in her home. She had a toddler screaming and mishandling the cats in a very rough way. Once she even picked them up by the neck and dropped a very young kitten. Also the breeder disclosed a cat was in the garage because he had ringworm and of coarse our cat ended up getting this horrible skin condition that we spent a large amount clearing up. Our cat also had chronic resp. infections and a terrible eye infection. Our cat had a problem with breathing and vomiting leading us to believe it had a virus due to the many cats she had running all around the house. Our cat also suffered from chronic runny stool to the point of bleeding. We did everything to help our cat recover from a sick home but ultimately there was nothing we could do. We suspect she had many more cats in many other areas of her small home. 

The worst part is we went to a cat show in Northern Ca, in hopes of buying a replacement kitten and mentioned to another breeder who our bad experience was with and they knew her clearly. They said she had been showing a cat that bit someone and most of her cats were sick. They confirmed our feelings. 

I would avoid at all costs this breeder and would not support her. She does not seem to have the time and love for this beautiful breed of cats. We decided to not contact her and give this information to help anyone else in search of a purebred cat.   We miss our cat dearly and know if we had gone to another more reputable breeder this would have not happened to us.     

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AUTHOR: unhappy cat lover - (United States of America)

   If you had read through Heather's response and think like we did she might have some validity and be a nice breeder of persians and exotics please reconsider. We would have no reason to make this kind of story up. We had her show up at our house in an irate state demanding we give her our pets back. We were scared of her and my husband didn't ever want to see her again so he urged us to do what she asked. Later we all wished we would have locked our door and called the police. 

She does not have time for this hobby, she works many hours, she has a small,overcrowded house filled with ringworm and other illness with her cats. We know because we have stayed there. She has her teenage children doing the chores.  
She ignores a young child who does not even have a room of her own. She tries to find new homes for cats all over, farming them out to other homes to take care of the vet expenses or care because of this.
She has some deep control issues which is why she became mad at us and showed up unannounced at our door which is always a very scary and crazy thing for anyone to do.  We could hear her child screaming in the car and our children had to watch their cats shoved into a minivan in a very uncaring way. These were cats she told us she didn't want. The reason she became mad was we would not take more cats from her or continue to show her cats. We spent quite a lot of our own time and money being used by Heather for about a year. 

It was no fun showing up to a show being asked to show an underweight cat with ringworm on medication and another highly aggressive cat that violently bites. In all our years of showing we never would have done this. It was a nightmare. I should have driven home and refused that day. I think my daughter and I were in shock and still feeling sorry for this individual and wanting to help mentor her in a better way.Then if this were not enough we witnessed more child neglect, her child choking several times, left to wander without any adult supervision and a teenage daughter to look after her. She was lost at one point, tired, hungry being only fed chips and candy and left with a babysitter with a high fever. This was so upsetting as the cats were always most important. This was most of all disturbing. This child would be forced to ride in a car if we ever met to exchange cats. Heather would never drive to us or see our house. She wanted to push the work off onto anyone, especially me since I used to be quite good at this hobby. I can groom better than she could, loved to do it and loved cats. I also have a great reputation and a good eye for judging a nice cat. She also seemed as time went on to be using me and jealous of me at the same time. 

As all this was going on I would hear in emails from Heather how sick some of her cats were from shipping to other breeders to show her cats any and everywhere. These other breeders have too many cats too and didn't care about Heather's cats. I told her that. She does not care, she is not in this for the cats or children. She tries to fill something inside herself that is missing with this hobby. The other thing is she tries to control and if she can't she becomes upset.

Last and not least she has time to take all the RippOff Reports DID YOU FIND THIS POST HELPFUL or UNHELPFUL to click to her benefit. I have tried to even them out by clicking them back but will stop. It is so obvious she has set her teenage daughter or son or herself up to keep clicking them.She didn't even defend all the illness claims or child neglect. She simply cares about making money breeding cats and recouping some of the money she spent starting out in this hobby. She is a compulsive buyer and buys more cats than she will admit. I would be happy to supply the emails she sends asking me to take more cats all the time and confiding in me that her cats were sick. 

I hope something good shifts for the innocent animals and children involved. I hope with the benefit of the internet others can read this and avoid her.  I am not the type of person to make up a silly story of this type for any other reason than to expose this sad situation. I don't care to show, breed (I believe more in rescues now anyway) and would rather spend time with my precious children enjoying life.    
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Fraudulent report!

AUTHOR: Heather Colbert - (Virgin Islands (US))

This is a fraudulent report. I just started breeding exotics about 2 years ago and I have placed exactly 7 kittens in pet homes to date. I am in touch with every family with whom I have placed a pet kitten. None of my kittens has died or had any significant health problems. This is a complete fabrication.

The individual who wrote this report has been stalking me on my website and email for almost a year now. She is a former collaborator whom I decided to part ways with due to her bizarre behavior. A couple of years ago when I first started this hobby she contacted me, initially wanting to purchase a pet, and then expressing an interest in getting back into breeding. She presented herself as very knowledgeable in the areas of breeding and grooming/showing. In order to help her achieve her goals and in return receive help in these areas, we agreed I would let her keep two of my breeding females free of charge at her house. They would be bred to my males, and she would keep the proceeds from the sale of the pet kittens. The females I gave her cost $2500 each. I have the receipts to prove this. They remained in my name. She paid for nothing. I provided grooming supplies, a new blow dryer, show expenses, etc. She never assisted me in any area.  

She began to complain about the cats, that they weren't any good from a breeding perspective and that she needed better ones. She asked for another top show female that I had, and then for a kitten that she could show. I tried to accommodate her. Then she refused to allow me to breed the cats stating that something could go wrong, they could require C-sections, etc. She had the cats for almost a year. Finally, after a year, she told me the cats were very sick and she needed me to pay for her holistic vet to make a house call ($350 a visit). I was worried and went down and picked up the cats to take them to my vet. For the sake of her children, I let her keep one spayed cat as a pet at no charge. I have countless emails to substantiate all of this. 

Since I picked up my cats, she has sent me at least 50 emails threatening me in various ways, trying to blackmail me, demanding that I return all 4 cats to her for free (worth $10K) or she would file complaints about me and ruin my reputation. She has sent emails to every breeder that I have gotten a cat from, accusing me of all kinds of heinous behavior. I know this because they have forwarded the emails to me. In some cases she has forwarded my emails to other breeders after doctoring them in various ways. Luckily I know many of the breeders in this area and have a solid reputation. Several have visited my house and know the conditions my cats are kept in. 

This individual has misrepresented herself as a pet buyer in order to defame me. It's a shame that someone would hijack this forum for a personal vendetta. I have already lost thousands of dollars as a result of this woman. One of the cats I took back had pyometra as a result of her refusal to allow me to breed her, and had to be spayed. She could have died from this. Now she's in a loving pet home, thank goodness. 

For anyone questioning the validity of my account, I encourage you to contact any exotic breeder in CA or to come to my house to see the condition of my cats for yourself. I was reluctant to reply to this report because I really want no contact with this individual, but I see no alternative. In addition to filing this false report, she has encouraged another breeder with whom I had a dispute to file a second report. Fortunately there are a lot of wonderful people out there looking for pets and that makes up for people like this. I still remember the look on her husband's face when I came to pick up my cats and this individual threw a fit and threatened to take me to court. He looked at her with shock and dismay, and said, "For what? Taking her own cats back?" 
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