A puppy needed our help to find a loving new home after falling victim to an unexpected buy one get one free offer.
When Max’s owner planned to buy a puppy, she didn’t expect the seller to drive off leaving her with two young dogs.
Max’s owner had contacted the seller about buying a puppy. The unscrupulous seller convinced the unsuspecting puppy purchaser that the best thing would be for him to bring two puppies round to her home so she could choose which one she wanted to be part of her family.
Thinking the seller was being helpful, the buyer invited him round. One puppy, Max, was a jack russell terrier. The other puppy, which she decided she wanted to keep, was a collie cross. The two puppies were clearly from different litters.
Buy one pup, get another free
When Max’s owner told the seller the collie was the dog for her and handed over £300 for the one puppy, the seller said he would just pop to the van and get the pedigree certificate. But instead of returning to the house, he got in his van and drove off, leaving Max and the collie cross puppy behind.
Max’s accidental owner was unable to cope with two puppies – especially as she had only planned for one – and asked our Burford rehoming centre in Oxfordshire to find him a new home.
Lydia Sawyer, Animal Welfare Supervisor at Burford rehoming centre, said: “Stories like Max’s are all too common. Of course we would always recommend getting a puppy from a rehoming charity like Blue Cross, but if you are buying one from a breeder it is really important to visit a puppy with their mum at their breeder’s home so you can check they have been brought up in the right environment.
“If a seller offers to drop a puppy off at your home, in the street or at a service station, think of this a warning sign and walk away from the sale.”