Buyer Beware: Puppy dealer falsifies records, sells sick dog

An Albuquerque family who bought a puppy off Craigslist found out just hours later the puppy was dying and the vet records were forged. The family hopes this serves as a warning to anyone buying a pet online.

“We’ve been looking at puppies for about three weeks,” said Felicia Preciado. “We have looked at some, turned some down. We were looking for what we wanted.”

After searching on Craigslist, Preciado says on Friday, they finally came across the perfect puppy: a miniature schnauzer for $350. She met up with the seller at the Dion’s on Coors and Montano.    

“It was a little skinny,” Preciado said. “I asked her about it, and she said that it was the runt of the litter and that there were eight puppies. She was the last one and nobody wanted the runt.”

Preciado says she wasn’t too concerned because she got the vet records from the seller. So, she took the pup home. Hours later, however, the puppy started throwing up.

She rushed the 8-week-old to an emergency vet clinic where the pooch tested positive for parvo.

“I just spent a lot of money on this dog and my kids were already in love with it,” she said. “I wanted her to survive.”

Hours later, the pup died. Preciado called the vet listed on the records only to get another surprise.

“Come to find out the vet clinic is in Santa Fe,” she said, and the vet records turned out to be forged.

“We were listed as the ones who vaccinated them and we didn’t,” said Anita Sanchez at the Northside Veterinary Clinic. “It’s just a 4-H form that they put our logo onto.”

The clinic says it’s had several callers reporting the same thing, and employees have no idea why their logo is being used. Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department suggests anyone looking for a dog take extreme caution to avoid this problem.

“You really want to know who you’re getting your pet from,” said Krystal Kehler, clinic manager at Animal Welfare. “Of course, here, we would want you to adopt, not shop…and make sure you go to your local shelters. They always start out with vaccines and get you on the right track.”

Preciado says the woman who sold the dogs has since removed her ads from Craigslist. Preciado has tried contacting the seller countless times with no answer.

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