ED Magedson – Founder
Teresa HaroCulver OR , Oregon USA
Teresa Haro Happy Tales Cattery, My interactions and experience with this Back Yard breeding, for profit only, cruel transportation (in trunk of car), intent to violate signed contract. Oregon Oregon
This is the first time I've ever had to make something like this public, but i really need to protect all of the other breeders out there before it's too late.
A few years ago I get contacted by breeder in OR inquiring about starting a breeding program. I met her down at a show in WA. She seemed OK. So I decided that instead of letting her just go on and continue what she was doing which was buying poor quality adults (she has 0 patience in waiting and doing research on breed and breeders) I was going to help to guide her with my limited knowledge and try to help keep her away from bad experiences since she'd already had quite a few.
She had aquired 3 females all Adults, and 1 male kitten who arrived at 11 weeks old via air sick. She sold me some sob story that i bought into like a fool. Learning my own lessons as I was helping it appears.
Since I couldn't stop her from doing what she was doing she was going to breed come hell or high water. I wanted to try to guide her in the positive right directions.
First off I agree'd to breed 2 of her acquired females, 1 was Zoe who when my very social male even got with in 5-6 feet of her literally pooped everywhere. Multiple times. I called Teresa and let her know that this cat was not going to be bred, just not possible or wise. So, oddly enough that same scared poopless kitty who had not much socialization took to my 83 year old grandmother who was in for a visit. So Teresa said spay her and give her to your grandmother, she'd be an only cat and probably best. So That's what happened with that one.
The other queen she sent up to me, after she assured me had been checked by a vet and was all good. Isis, well Isis was super sweet, she got bred with ease, she stayed with me for a good 5 weeks to assure the pregnancy was positive. One evening when Isis was in my 12 year olds son room snuggling she began to have a seizure, my son runs into the kitchen crying and yelling something is wrong i don't know whats going on mom please help her.
By time i got her out of his hands and onto the floor where I could examine her she took her final breath and died. I took her body in directly after for a necropsy, which discovered she died of HCM one of her valves was so thin he could read through it, another was so thick it barely could move.
I called Teresa who still has never paid me for the autopsy or any of this mind you. She didn't seem to care, and said well now I'm out a lot of money and only 1 queen to breed.
Which that queen Chloe had such a horrid skin condition on her abdomen should have never been bred, but against me telling her not to she bred that queen twice.
I sold her Lacey whom came from my queen Peanut, I had Lacey fully examined and knew for a fact she came from a solid backing and would not have any health issues. I sold her for 800 dollars because i felt horrible about Zoe.
After Isis died, she wanted another kitten from me, Eve during this time behind my back and another breeders back she was trying to get another kitten from them as well. I am very open and honest about pretty much all and was discussing the situation with Teresa with another breeder asking advice on what to do as I felt horrible. Then found out that she was being deceitful and trying to get 2 kittens. The other breeder told her no at that point. I had already agreed to Eve.
However with Eve, I put massive restrictions on her, since i was going to give her Eve for FREE because my heart was too soft and I really felt bad about her crappy luck. Teresa discussed these restrictions via e mail and signed a contract agreeing to my terms which are:
She may never sell, trade, give any intact kittens from Eve with out my written permission. Ever, period. Not just first generation, the contract is worded quite carefully as It was becoming quite clear Teresa could not really be trusted and needed more restrictions until she learned what the heck she was doing.
Another breeder whom i discussed another situation about decided she didn't much care for the way I handled a situation with a breeder who killed a kitten of mine. (that's in legal right now so can not be discussed)
Teresa then tells me that she really wants a kitten from said breeder so she wasn't wanting to work with me any more. basically. She inquired about trading a kitten to another breeder which i quickly said NO to, even though I knew the breeder I do not want teresa to continue to do all of the things she's doing. It became painfully clear she is turning into a just for profit breeder.
In the middle of that on going I had given her 2 of my adult queens to give her a try with them. One of them is not exactly super friendly she loves us but not anyone else apparently.
So she transported them back up from OR IN THE TRUNK OF HER CAR. YES folks closed up trunk 1 pregnant queen and 1 not pregnant. She meets me, I question this and she was like "oh how did the seats get up" Obviously, bull crap. Her son gets out of the care goes to get one queen grabs her by the scruff of the neck and holds her far from his body. I run over grab her and soothe her putting her in my SUV with clean water, litter and food. She gets the other queen and i do the same.
At the point where I declined her wanting to give an intact cat to another breeder in OR as a Trade, Teresa then started taking it upon herself to message all of my friends on facebook saying if they are friends with me that she can not be their friend and doesn't want to work with them etc. Also, speaking to other breeders poorly about me trying to run yet another sob story that I restricted her queen to keep her from selling breeders. Which, is true and she signed a contract before Eve left my hands Saying as much. This is and should not be a surprise unless you're trying to be sneaky and find ways around a signed and dated contract.
Now, come to find out she is selling against signed contract intact kittens from Eve to breeders and trying to be sneaky and not get caught. Unfortunately for her I have very good friends in the breeding world who have informed me of this behavior. I've warned her multiple times not to try this or there will be repercussions. It's painfully clear to all involved thus far that she is breeding purely for profit, back to back bred Eve to cover the cost of her new "breeding Stock". She had 7-8 week old maybe kittens from eve still when she bred her again.
Now she leaves me with no choice but to make her breeding habits, distrustful lies, and obvious back yard breeding for nothing more than cash public knowledge. My goal here is to forewarn ANY and all breeders from dealing with her. She can NOT be trusted, she does NOT treat her cats well (for goodness sake forcing 2 queens 1 pregnant to ride 8 hours or so in the dang TRUNK of a car?)
She does not honor contracts, can not be trusted at all.
I have never posted anything negative about anyone on here, I try to handle things privately but at this point it's obvious I need to forewarn and try to protect other breeders from her.
Thank you for taking the time to read my interactions with Teresa Haro of Happy Tales Cattery in OR. The choice to work with this breeder is yours and yours alone. I am just sharing my personal experience that I've had with her and trying to be open honest and forth coming so each breeder can make their own choices if they choose to work with her or not.
if we were all upfront and honest with each other, and respected each other things like this would never happen.
I have all of the e mails, text, facebook chats saved that back up everything I've stated on here as factual coming directly fron Teresa and Myself.
I had this posted privately for Devon Rex Breeders only to see but she attempted to claim "slander" which let me inform all the defination of slander is : a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report
None of which are the case here, I have emails, etc to back up everything I've stated. Meaning nothing i've said here is false and can NOT be considered slander as it is indeed factual.
Thank you for your time and consideration when reading this lengthy write up,
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/13/2013 12:35 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/teresa-haro/oregon/teresa-haro-happy-tales-cattery-my-interactions-and-experience-with-this-back-yard-bre-1084279. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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