Families warn of sick puppies sold in Lockhart



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Posted on June 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 22 at 10:13 PM

AUSTIN --  Some Central Texas families are sending out a warning. They claim a man in Lockhart is selling sick puppies.

At the Goss household the puppies are family.

"These dogs are my life," said Sandra Goss, sitting next to her three white Maltipoos.

She bought another one, this time for a friend.

"The puppy was full of life," Goss described. "When I got it she was playing, she was barking."

She found the 9 week old Maltipoo on Craigslist for $300. She traveled to Lockhart to pick it up but once in town she couldn't find the house.

"That's what he does. He provides that address and then makes you feel like you're a little bit lost. 'Let me go meet you there!'" Goss claimed.

She met the seller in a restaurant parking lot.

Goss says he parked far away and sent someone else to make the transaction.

"He gave me a paper that had some vaccines but it was not signed by a veterinarian or anything like that," Goss explained.

Despite the red flags, Goss left Lockhart with the new puppy named Candy.

"I guess I was so excited for my friend," she said.

Within a week Goss says Candy got sick and on Thursday she died.

"For me it was horrible, for my friend it was horrible. Her kids were totally depressed it impacted a lot of people," Goss said.

It impacted more people than she realized. Three other families posted similar stories on Craigslist, all claiming a Hispanic family in Lockhart sold them a sick Maltipoo that didn't survive.

"Basically they are just stealing money from people," Goss claimed.

Another buyer we spoke to says the man also met her at a restaurant. She says he didn't provide a correct address or even his name.

"I was not going to get the money back. And at this point I really don't care about that," Goss explained. "What I want is this guy to stop breeding dogs."

Goss says she learned her lesson. Now she hopes her story will serve as a warning to anyone looking to buy a dog online.

A supervisor with the Lockhart animal shelter tells KVUE they're aware of the problem and the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Our calls to the seller have not been returned.

The Austin Humane Society says when it comes to buying pets on Craigslist it's buyer beware, because there is no accountability for the seller.

It recommends getting pets from a shelter because that guarantees the pet will be vaccinated, and will have been checked by a vet.

Shelters also have return policies and if you do go through a breeder make sure they're registered and ask lots of questions.

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