Family warns against buying puppies advertised on Craigslist

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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13 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    I suppose they could have walked away and left Ghost, but you have to ask what would have happened to the poor baby had they done that or never answered the ad. Any way you look at it they saved this poor pup from probably a horrible fate. I at least thank them for that.

  2. Nancy Raymond says:

    Mrs. Rains experience with Craigslist is so typical of the so called ‘breeders’ that sell sick animals – There are many ripoffs, , scammers, cheats, liars posting on this site – I applaud this family for being so concerned about this puppy they took it and most likely spent scads of money getting it healthy – I would NEVER purchase an animal from a Craigslist poster – way too many backyard breeders and puppy mills advertise there. Any reputable breeder would never use Craigslist – go to a shelter or a rescue group whose animals are in desperate need of a safe loving home – you will never regret it. Craigslist is a huge danger to all animals and people looking for a pet. Way too many horror stories come out of Craigslist.

  3. Cynthia Como says:

    Until Craig’s List stops selling animals on their site I will never ever purchase anything from them! They REFUSE to do so because they might lose a few measly dollars! I wish the entire site would crash and burn because of their cruel lack of morals!

  4. Jacqueline says:

    The right thing to do would have been to adopt. I hope you reported the abuser to authorities. Puppy mills are no where to get puppies from all your doing is supporting the abuse!!!!

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  6. Daniel Clarkson says:

    I don’t know if the ASPCA has Adopt-A-Pet days like the RSPCA does here in Australia, but if they do, then look to find a pet through them. We not only have dogs, but also cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, and sometimes birds. Anyone advertising pets on Craigslist needs to be thoroughly investigated before you commit to purchasing through them. Reputable breeders don’t even need to advertise on sites like Craigslist, Ebay, etc. Always use the reputable breeders if you can afford their prices, who will give you any help that they can to ensure you get a nice pet. Also avoid the “pet stores”, as they usually have animals from “pet farms”, and are known to neglect their animals.


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