Just ranting a bit, sorry it's long!
Why do breeders, or should i say BYBs? sell their puppies on craiglist.
An in-law of mine had recently purchase a 5 week old Chihuahua puppy for only $150.00. I have tried talking her out of it until my face turned blue. I've tried to push her to a Chihuahua rescue and have noted that they are way too over populated. Even explain how California just recently went through with trying to re-home a bunch of Chihuahuas that they had to spread them across the united states for them to go to a rescue.
At first she wanted a sheltie, i know a couple of reputable sheltie breeders that compete in AKC shows and their dogs have agility titles, and herding titles. But her gripe was they charge too much. She does not want to spend more than $150.00 on a dog!. I said you get what you pay for in a long run. So she ended up changing her mind on a sheltie and was looking high and low for a chihuahua only because she saw a really well behaved one at canine good citizen class. I've told her that the owner probably put alot of work into that dog and it probably came from a reputable breeder if not from a rescue or shelter. Of course anything i say goes into one ear and out the other.
Well while visiting this in-law about a couple months ago, it was just her and I while Hubby went out with the boys. She out of the blue says " I found a chi for 150.00 on craig list want to come with?"
I could not say anything, i was speechless but i went with her anyway to look at this chi. Upon arriving at this breeders place i saw many red flags. Number one, the in-law did not ask for health papers or any of that,nor the breeder gave her any health papers, vet records etc etc.. It was a quick exchange, almost like you're trading in for a car. Sad sad sad thing to see. The breeder showed no concerned where this puppy was going and how it was going to be taken care of. Number two, the father of this Chi that the in-law was getting growled at ME! yes GROWLED at me and my in law is totally oblivious to that!. All i could do was bite my tongue.
Several weeks later upon having this pup, the in-law found out the breeder's dogs have never seen a vet!!. Also this new pup just recently injured herself because the breeder was puppy sitting while the in-law went on vacation. When she came back her precious new pup now has a broken leg.
I see bad bad bad things happening. I didn't say anything because anything i say will just go into one ear and out the other and i didn't want to create tension. I figured that once things start happening she'll see the mistakes she made. I told my Hubby that she made the bed now she has to lay in it. All i can do right now is try to support her if she's having trouble with this puppy. At the same time it bugs me to no end that this puppy was bought off of craig list!. The breeder ended up selling the parents because the husband supposedly had developed allergies.
Of course my in-law probably doesn't see anything wrong with getting puppies off of craiglist or even a newspaper. Just the other day, she knows i'm looking around for a 3rd dog but i didn't mention what breed. She says to me " there's a German Shepherd up on craig list for $200". I just kept quiet and shook my head. She even pointed out that there's a sheltie for sale for 100 in the newspaper.
I really wish Craiglist would ban selling puppies on their site. It just really bugs me to see that.
Am i the only one that think it's nuts for people to think it's ok to sell puppies on there and for people to buy it from the list?...