My family recently purchased a puppy from the Snow White Goldens Kennel in Phoenix, AZ. We were under the influence that we were purchasing an AKC certified, champion line, pure breed Cream English Golden Retriever for $2500. This is a significant amount of money for a dog, but the breeder and the breeders parent's had us convinced that we would be getting a beautiful, cream colored golden retreiver. The breeders name is Zachary Denny and he is affiliated with his parent's who run the Silvermine Kennel in Greensburg, Kentucky.
These people have lied and scammed our family from day one. My mother called the parent's in Kentucky first to see if they had any puppies available and they said they didn't, but that their son did. So they reffered my mother to Zachary who lives in Phoenix. My mother decided after talking with Zachary and researching his website that she wanted to put a down payment on a puppy. The down payment is $500 and is required in order to save the dog.
Soon there after my mother put a down payment, Zachary conveniently made himself unavailable! He wouldn't answer his phone, and he wouldn't return my mother's phone calls or emails until days later. He claimed the dog was healthy, free of parasites, and ready to go home, so my mother decided to fly to his home in phoenix and pick up the puppy or else it would cost $400 for him to ship the puppy, according to Zachary.
As soon as my mother got to his house, he would not let her in, he wouldn't let her see the Mom of the puppy, and then he proceeded to tell her that the mom dog died two weeks prior because she escaped and was hit by a car! B.S.! The day before my mom got on the plane to go pick up the puppy, she asked if the mom dog was on site and he replied, YES! Zachary, who claims to be an experienced kennel technician, due to his training from his parent's in Kentucky, lives in extreme filth! My mom took the dog, and as soon as she got home she took the puppy to the vet the following day! The vet told her right off the bat, "This is not a Golden Retriever and it is extremely malnourished"! Zachary claimed the dog to be 9 weeks old, but the dog only weighed 4 lbs! A 9 week old golden retriever on average weighs 10 lbs. You could feel the puppies skeleton poking out of her skin, she also had an extremely large belly.
According to the vet the puppy had parasites and was not feed properly! This is animal abuse! My mom was furious, and didn't know what to do. So she called the AKC, and the humane society, and the police. The police said that this was an FBI issue, and the AKC said that they have never heard of these breeders before, and that they were definitely running a puppy farm. The humane society in Phoenix said they would try to investigate him! I would just like everyone to know that these people are liars, cheats, and inhumane! They need to be put out of business! Please do not buy from them! Every animal deserves to be treated humanely!