Gretel’s past was a little fuzzy when we adopted her. We were told that the people who bought her got way more than they expected and couldn’t handle her. The issues of anxiety and aggression towards men were mentioned. The couple decided to surrender her to Motley Zoo Animal Rescue saying that the situation they took her from was “sketchy” and they didn’t want to take her back there.
When we adopted her she came with various vet papers. We were told she was 11 months but one of the papers said she was only 8 months and, with the amount of time the previous owners and the rescue had her, that didn’t add up. Those paper also said she had already had her shots and been spayed. That set of papers was labeled “possibly fake” when we got them. We got a second set of papers documenting another vaccination and spay so we didn’t pay much attention to that first set.
Little did we know, Gretel’s past was shadier than we had even imagined. I received an email titled “Gretel’s Past” from Motley Zoo the other day with a link to an article. Apparently, the lady that the original owners had bought Gretel from got busted for falsifying papers and trafficking, or “flipping”, dogs.
An inkling by one of the buyers had led the local news to investigate the issue. It turns out that this woman had sold 21 dogs, of varying breeds, with phony paperwork that claimed the animals were examined at a local veterinary clinic but they weren’t.
Gretel’s “falsified” papers claimed that she had all her shots and was spayed – none of which was true! Several dogs that were bought with this woman turned out to have medical problems. Everyone was mislead.
The woman selling these dogs had been operating under a fake name but a slip-up led the local news to the real woman. Apparently, at one point, the woman had taken in too many dogs for her small apartment and sold one. That was the day she realized that flipping dogs could bring her some serious cash.
It was revealed that this woman swapped dogs for cash in a grimy Seattle alley for cash. The woman claimed that no dogs were stolen but admitted she bought all the dogs cheap online and groomed them for sale.
The woman first denied the allegations of forging documents but then admitted she did recognize them. She said she made them up because most people wouldn’t buy unless she provided a vaccination record. She said in order to sell the dogs she “would often bend the truth”.
It makes me wonder what kind of person would sell a woman their dog without even checking the home or finding out what its living situations were. It makes me wonder who raised Gretel from a puppy and what kind of living conditions she was brought up in. Was she brought up in a puppy mill? Was she sold on Craigslist by people who were relocating and trying to find a home for their puppy?
We do have one more piece to her puzzle though and it potentially looks something like this:
A woman and a man meet in a dark, dank alley. The alley smells like trash and steam from the sewers below is rising from the manholes. Hookers are loitering and drug addicts are slumped in the corner as headlight scream past the alley opening. The man pulls a scared, shaking, dirty puppy from a cardboard box and shoves it into the woman’s arms. He sneers as he snatches the money from her and turns and runs away into the night.
Then the lady takes her home. Spiffs her up, falsifies the papers and sells her to an unwitting couple. No wonder Gretel was anxious when they bought her. Poor little girl.
The woman who sold these dogs said “I want to apologize to anyone who feels like they were lied to.” And that she plans to call and apologize to the dog owners, and even help pay for vet bills if necessary.
Too late lady, you slimeball! WHO does something like that? The article said that “her apologetic words are not good enough for the 21 dog owners and the Winslow Animal Clinic” and that the Police Department is now investigating this case.
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