My baby has Spinal Arachnoid Diverticulum and the breeder won't refund me
First off I'll admit I have only ever bought mixed dogs before so I was new to the whole CanadianKennelClub registration of purebred dogs. I purchased a dog from a breeder in November, 3 months later he started dragging his back feet, cannot climb stairs etc. 2500$ later in diagnostic fees, we find out he has a progressive genetic disorder with surgery estimated at 8-10K which is only 50% effective and will likely relapse. The only realistic option is to put him down. I immediately contacted the breeder (this was in December) and they told me they would give me another dog in the spring when they have their next litter.
It is now the spring and they tell me that the dogs were not successful in conceiving sothey don't even know when the next litter will be. I also spoke to another vet and he told me not they should not be breeding these animals anymore as it is partly hereditary disease. I told the breeder I cannot wait 5+ months for a dog and would like my money back, she was extremely short with me and said "I told you I would replace your dog and I will". Obviously I don't want a dog from their flawed genetic line and risk having to go through this awful process again.
CKC apparently requires all its breeders to provide a written contract to all buyers outlying their required guarantee, which they did not do (my mistake also, but I did not know). Should I sue in small claims, and for the cost of diagnostics as well? I will also be reporting them to the CKC because they sold me a dog without an agreement which is a membership violation.
Last edited by chienchaud; 04-08-2019 at 09:52 PM.