Yesterday I told you that Gretel was a victim of puppy “flipping”, or trafficking, and that is what lead her to our family. A local woman was busted for purchasing cheap puppies online, falsifying vaccination and spay/neuter papers (even forging a veterinarian’s signature) and reselling them for a profit. Initially, the woman denied any wrongdoing but has not had a change of heart and got honest about what she had been doing.
She is currently being investigated by the police. We are interested in watching this story unfold. Already we have learned more about Gretel than we knew just a few days ago.
When I read the original article I scanned the comments at the bottom. Most of them were stupid, ignorant or not relevant. However, there were a few comments that were.
At one point someone had compared what this lady had done to running a puppy mill. To my surprise, shady lady submitted a comment in her defense! She admitted that she did lie but that the conditions these puppies experienced never at any moment resembled the cruelty and neglect of a puppy mill.
Anyway, I felt compelled to submit a comment saying that I ended up with one of these dogs and sharing our story. I explained that Gretel was clearly traumatized and not socialized as a puppy. I said I have put a lot of work into her over the last 6 months but you can tell she is still wrought with anxiety. I wanted people to know how sad I was about all of this.
To my surprise, and delight, the woman who had originally bought Gretel from shady lady submitted a comment in response to mine! She recognized Gretel’s story and explained they were heartbroken when they found out they had been deceived. That coupled with Gretel’s anxiety and aggression towards her husband and sometimes kid was too much to handle. She explained that is why she made the hard choice to surrender her to Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.
Even more amazing than that, the shady lady replied to that string of comments! This, in part, was her response:
“ Wow that’s pretty horrible. I called her [the woman she sold Gretel to] earlier and apologized with all my heart. I was told that dachshund had just been spayed when I bought it but after all I did not have proof that she was spayed so I had no business saying she was. I do remember them…… they later called and wanted to give the dog back but that was the weekend of my car accident and I was in the hospital I never ended up calling them back I hadn’t heard from them again after that, I assumed they decided to keep it after all but I never followed up. That makes me want to cry. This is worse than I thought more and more I’m seeing all the trouble I really did cause. And I think the damage done to the dogs emotions -I feel guilty about that as well. I am so sorry to everyone involved. I also think in cases like these, the dog suffered emotional damage because it was moved around so much. That’s never good for a dog [and] that makes me feel terrible of course.”
She went on to admit that she “wasn’t honest with them about where [she] got the dog because [she] bought her from a woman whose new husband was apparently ‘allergic’ to her. I did not want the people I bought the dog from to know I was reselling them. That’s why sometimes I pretended to be the original owner of the dog.”
If you are interested in learning more about this, or just enjoy some regular old drama (reality “tv” anyone?), I highly suggest you read the comments to the original article. Specifically, you should read the comments made by Voll3yball1, the shady ladywho flipped the dogs. Be sure to click the link to read the replies at the bottom of her posts. There are a lot of back and forth comments that get into more details of the hows, whats and concerns for these dogs and what this woman did. That’s where the real drama is!
Again, we will be keeping a watchful eye on this case and will update you as we learn more.