Sadie

@viakri (123)
United States
May 15, 2012 9:54am CST
We bought Sadie from an online "breeder" who claimed she was a Yorkie-Poo. When we picked her up, we fell in love with her. She really didn't look like a Yorkie-Poo though. I asked the lady "Are you sure she is a Yorkie-Poo? My son is allergic to dogs and we really need a hypoallergenic dog." She assured me she was. After a couple of months we realized she was definitely not a Yorkie-Poo. We know for sure she has Chihuahua in her... We are not sure what else. We took her to a vet and she has a birth defect where her baby teeth never came out and her adult teeth grew in. She has two sets of teeth in her mouth. This means we have to spay her because she would have puppies with a birth defect as well. They told me it was because of irresponsible breeding. It makes me sad because my puppy will now have to have surgery to fix her mouth because of some person that is, in my opinion, abusing animals by doing this irresponsible breeding. Sadie is still very cute and loveable and because of how small she is, my son does not seem to have a problem with her. Has anything like this ever happened to anyone else? Am I the only one who fell victim to a scam like this :(
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• Canada
15 May 12
This is a sad situation indeed.... I'm sorry that you had to go through this Viakri. I rescue dogs, and I foster them. People drop off dogs at my door, because they either don't want them, or have behavioral issues. I rehabilitate these dogs, and find them off to good homes. I am a very honest seller, and let anyone know what breeds they are, and if they still have slight issues that can be worked out with patience. I had rescued a Mini -Pin - Chihuahua and he had the same problem with the double teeth. They eventually fell out, lucky for him, because I booked an appointment with the vet to have them removed, and the vet couldn't get me in for another month, and they fell out a week before I took him. I called these breeders backyard/underground breeders. They never seem to care about the dog's well being, they are only in it for the dough! Selfish people really suck!
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@viakri (123)
• United States
15 May 12
I hope hers fall out. I really did not want to get the surgery until she is a year old. It doesn't seem to cause her pain so I am just watching it. She has lost a couple. I hope she loses more. I wish there was a way for me to find that lady and get her in some sort of trouble. It is cruel what she is doing!
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• Canada
15 May 12
It is cruel what she is doing.. Only for her own gain.....
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@viakri (123)
• United States
15 May 12
Dog or not, a life is a life. She is putting a $200 price tag on a life that she is ruining!
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@palonghorn (5485)
• United States
15 May 12
I have one question, did this woman also have other 'breeds' that she was breeding? You are not the only one that fell victim to this type of scam. It's called irresponsible breeding and/or puppy mills. It is all about the money, although you didn't say how much you paid for this puppy. To them it's all about the money they can make, not the health or well being of the dogs.
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@viakri (123)
• United States
15 May 12
I am not sure about other dogs. She was over an hour away from my house so she offered to meet me half way. I now see why she did this. So I could not see what she had going on in her home. We paid $200 for Sadie. If someone offered me $1,000 for her I wouldn't take it though :)
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• United States
15 May 12
Odds are she's running a puppy mill, sad to say.....most of those don't want you seeing what the conditions are or how many puppies they have.
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@viakri (123)
• United States
15 May 12
Well... at least Sadie got a good home with us and will be loved and taken care of! She is such a good girl!
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
15 May 12
It's really sad that people look at "breeding" puppies as a means of income rather than making a good living dealing honestly with their customers. I think in a situation like this, it's easy to scam people because of the emotions that are involved. The new owners (if they are dog lovers) will become attached to the dog pretty quickly. They'll pay the money up front because that's what is expected of them. If they find out later on that their dog isn't as they were told, there's not a ton they can do when they're already attached to and hooked on keeping the dog! (It also takes time - as you've discovered - for the discrepancy in breed to show up, which is a definite advantage for these scammers!) Since they're probably going to keep the dog anyway, they can't really ask the breeder for money back when they're not going to give the dog back (and the "breeder" probably won't take the dog back anyway). So I definitely understand why you feel you're in such a predicament! At least you're going to keep Sadie and care for her either way. She's a lucky girl have a good family to care for her! It is sad to find out later that what you were told wasn't true. I hate when people pull the wool over my eyes, so to speak. I feel like I've been taken advantage of, especially when it comes to money. That's what is the most frustrating! I hope she doesn't get away with this for long!!
@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
15 May 12
This discussion also reminded me of an issue a few years back where these people bred cats that had front legs that were considerably shorter than the back legs (almost like a kangaroo). They thought these cats were adorable when they were born because they had to hop everywhere, but it became quite the debate! I don't think what they were doing was considered right, but I couldn't find an article about it online since it's been a while. I think people who commit to breeding any kind of animal should do their homework first rather than try to get as much money as possible! I love animals and could never do something like that to them.
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@viakri (123)
• United States
16 May 12
I had never heard that cat story, that is sad! For us, with Sadie, I am not upset about the money. The thing that bothers me most(aside from the irresponsible breeding resulting in her birth defect) is that I told the lady my son had allergies and we needed a hypoallergenic dog. She knew we had 3 kids that would get attached to a dog that they may be allergic to. She put my sons health at risk for her own selfish gain! Thankfully he is not allergic to her so far!
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
16 May 12
Ok, your being upset over your health concerns for your son makes a lot more sense now! I would be pretty annoyed too. And actually, what you spent to adopt Sadie was pretty reasonable for a puppy. The adoption fee you paid was on the low end, so I understand why it wasn't really about that. I hate that this lady knowingly sold the puppy to you anyway even though she was fully aware of what you wanted and expected from her. What you requested wasn't fulfilled, and it was because of your son that you had these concerns. She chose to go against your wishes anyway. I'm just glad Sadie is a great dog for you and the kids. How have your son's allergies been with the dog even though she isn't the breed you expected?
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• Canada
30 May 12
Backyard breeders and puppy mills make me ill -- and where I live, puppy mills are being raided on a regular basis People are clamoring for the government to impose much stricter penalties on the people running them. It's so important to stop shopping for dogs and start adopting them instead. I have a pure mini-dachshund ... and I got him from a rescue. He was found wandering the streets... tossed away by someone that just didn't want him. He's a beautiful, loving boy and I'm so lucky to have him. The same rescue had three puppies recently who were all born blind. It was the result of a backyard breeder trying to breed "designer" pups of a certain color and she didn't know what she was doing. All of the litter was blind. Fortunately, the three they had have been adopted into loving homes. When I know someone is looking for a dog, I always encourage them not to go to pet shops (a haven for puppy mills!), Kijiji, ebay and other online sites. It's simple to fake papers for a dog and lots of people do it all in the pursuit of money I hope your family has a long, happy life with Sadie and that all goes well with her teeth!
@viakri (123)
• United States
31 May 12
I wish I knew where this lady lives because I would love for her home to get raided before she does any more harm! I would love to adopt, but with my son's allergies it is very hard to find a hypoallergenic dog to adopt. I am not sure where we will get the next one yet. I am so happy things have turned out pretty good with our situation. I could not imagine trying to take care of a blind dog with small children. That would be something I would not mind doing when they are older though! I hate what people do to poor innocent animals! On a lighter note, my husband was teasing my boys the other day and said he was going to find Sadie a new home and my oldest (the one with allergies) said "how about if we find you a new home instead." Haha... They just love her!
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