Report: #329599

Complaint Review: Shannon Ensminger ,

  • Submitted: Wed, April 30, 2008
  • Updated: Mon, June 08, 2015
  • Reported By: Houston, Texas
  • Shannon Ensminger ,

    Houston, Texas

Shannon Ensminger , Brokered and bred puppies living in unsanitary conditions. Shannon Ensminger Unethical breeder that lies. Houston - Clear Lake Area Texas

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: To Anne

*Consumer Comment: Loving, healthy puppies raised at Tiny Paws and Claws

*Author of original report: Shannon Ensminger unethical

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Being a middle aged woman whose husband works a lot, and being home alone I thought that I would look for a small companion. I began to look for puppies on the internet and found tiny paws and claws. I spoke with Shannon Ensminger and she met me around the corner from her house in Clear Lake, and then had me to follow her.

When I arrived, the horrible smell from the feces and urine hit me all at once. She had so many puppies everywhere in dirty laundry baskets and in wire cages. She claimed that the parents were housed at another located due to her being turned in to HOUSTON BARC by her neighbors. There was diarrhea in the places where the puppies were being kept and they looked just awful! I was so sad for them. She had carried in a cardboard box from her SUV that contained even more puppies.

She told me at one point that the mother to a puppy I was inquiring about was one that she had in her house. When she brought her out to me she looked as though she was about to pop she was so pregnant. She said that an 8 week old puppy was this dogs, and she also said that the same dog was due any day. I do not breed any animals, but this seemed impossible to me. Shannon had an answer for every question I asked, although throughout the visit the answers where never consistent. It seemed as though she changed the answers to my questions just to suite what I was asking. I never felt as though I got a truthful answer from her during the entire visit.

I felt very uncomfortable during the visit as she explained that even though she had one of her puppies on her website for 2400.00, she subsequently sold that puppy for only 750.00. I was also alarmed at how she had claimed to have teacup Chihuahuas and by the pictures on the website I thought they were tiny. When I saw them, they were at least 2 lbs and not even 10 weeks old.

I felt as though this was very deceiving, as the puppies on her website were just that, very young puppies and there were no new pictures that showed their up to date size and health status. I believe that she does this just to get people out to her home and pressure them into a sale of a much larger and more expensive puppy than what they were coming to see.

Towards the end of the visit she became very agitated and was trying to close the deal. She did not have the puppy she had described to me and I did not want to purchase a puppy than was living in less than sanitary conditions. I wanted a healthy puppy, and with the smelly diarrhea, they looked dehydrated and very sick. When she knew that I was not going to settle for a puppy, and wanted a puppy of my choosing, she became short and acted in a very strange and aggressive way. How was it my fault that she did not have what she had described to me?

When I started to ask more questions, she could not get me out of her home quick enough. I am led to believe from the puppies I saw that she is either a puppy mill or sells puppy mills. The puppies were not from the same litters and looked very different.

My hope is that someone will read this and know what they have in store for them with

Mrs. H Concerned puppy buyer
Houston,, Texas

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#1 REBUTTAL Individual responds

To Anne

AUTHOR: Eve - (United States of America)

Your experience was good. But dog was delivered to you. You didn't see living condition of dog. Puppy mills sale to pet stores and your experience would be good there too because you are going in blind. Not knowing where came from and how they were living. I've seen it and its traumatizing for animals and the buyer. If you get pup always best see where they are living and how and where. She also breeds other dogs. Good breeder has one breed she specializes in. Not many. She has Yorkies, chihuahuas, and poms. She always also has dogs all time for sale. So plz tell me how they are all in her house as she claims. No not clean and too many dogs for that. I also noticed dogs she has as parents recently aren't even on her page. It's totally another dog. She is always around answer phone and seems nice. Hello....all con artist are! Her goal is to sell and make money. I've shopped around for years to k ow everything they say and do. They can even get fake bill of health from vet. Trust me I've seen it all. Best way shop for your pet. Go there see for yourself and have them show you parents and the other pups. Go in detail and don't be scared a good breeder won't get offended because they have nothing hide. I've even asked breeders do they have fleas and they answer well they are outside all time. That's a yes. And they think that's normal and ok. Have flea infested dog to sale to someone for money. I can go on and on just beware and go get your new pup never trust the seller.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Loving, healthy puppies raised at Tiny Paws and Claws

AUTHOR: Anne S. - (U.S.A.)

I felt compelled to write about my experience with Tiny Paws and Claws in Houston, Texas, after reading the negative report filed about the breeder. I first read this report when I was considering the purchase of a puppy from Tiny Paws and Claws. Reading the report upset me, and I almost did not go through with the purchase of my chihuahua. That would have been one of the biggest mistakes of my life. My 1.9 pound chocolate chihuahua, Bootsie, has been such a wonderful addition to my family. Bootsie is a healthy, spunky, smart chihuahua with a very sweet disposition. From the moment I first contacted Tiny Paws and Claws, the owner, Shannon Ensminger, has always been honest and answered all of my questions. She took the time to make sure Bootsie would be a good fit for my family. She took great care in preparing her to travel to my home. Bootsie arrived in an adorable pink crate with a fleece blanket, a small toy and food. Even after she arrived, Shannon kept in touch to make sure she was adjusting well to her new surroundings.

My experience with Bootsie was so great that I additionally purchased two more dogs, Nitro, a solid black 2.1 pound chihuahua and Molly, a long coat sable 1.8 pound chihuahua. I refer to my three dogs from Tiny Paws and Claws as the "Three Musketeers." They get along well and play together all the time. I have stayed in contact with Shannon over time. She has continuously provided me with advice on the best food to feed the dogs and other tips about their general care. I have referred her to two other people who have been happy with their purchases as well.

When you speak to Shannon you automatically perceive that she genuinely cares about the health of her puppies and finding them the perfect home. She also appears to be very family-oriented, speaking of her own sons in a positive way. Shannon is very upbeat and honest. She is available all the time by e-mail and on her cell phone. She is quick to respond to e-mail and phone questions. I also believe Shannon is very fair with regards to pricing her dogs. She makes every effort to find the best homes for her dogs.

I just wanted to file this report because I think individuals need to see that there are two sides to every story. My experience with Tiny Paws and Claws was very positive. I would not hesitate to recommend Shannon to anyone considering a nice quality chihuahua or pomeranian.

Anne S.
Poquoson, VA
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#3 Author of original report Shannon Ensminger unethical

AUTHOR: Amy c - (U.S.A.)

I wanted to update the previous statement.
My name is Amy and my Mother wrote this statement and I posted it for her. My mother is the one who visited the puppy mill seller, Shannon Ensminger who operates
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