A High Point, North Carolina family who wanted a puppy, found out the hard way not to use Craigslist to find their canine companions and are using their experience to warn other people about what could happen. Fortunately, the white Siberian Husky, now named Ghost survived, but not without a lot of work and worry.
According to Fox News, Cassidy Rains had convinced her husband that a puppy would be the perfect addition to the family with their two youngsters, and so Cassidy began her search online. On Craigslist she found a “breeder” from Tennessee whose asking price for a puppy was less expensive than other husky breeders. The family, excited about meeting their new pup, drove five hours to Philadelphia, Tennessee. When they arrived, they knew why this puppy was priced cheaper:
“She was so lethargic, I don’t think she ( breeder) wanted to put her down so we could see it,” Rains said. “There were so many her skin was just black, and she’s a white dog.”
Ghost was infected with fleas; so much so that the puppy’s skin was black. As the breeder held the pup, as if she was afraid to put the puppy down, Cassidy decided to pay for the puppy in fear the defenseless little one wouldn’t have survived if she walked away. It’s been a week of constant flea treatments and lots of loving care – Ghost is now behaving like an active and positively adorable puppy.
And with a lesson learned, Cassidy encourages people to carefully check out any breeder selling puppies – make sure the customers in the past were happy and the puppies sold were healthy. Of course, we at Pet Rescue Report encourage people to adopt their next best friends and never purchase a pet online.
(Photo of puppy purchased Craigslist screenshot via Fox News)
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