Graham asked in PetsDogs · 9 years ago

Dog problems. Mange and other disease. Suing if possible?

My friend got a new dog from this 'breeder' online. And it turns out that it has Mange and another disease. It turns out it is from one of those puppy farms and now it is sick, and it might get better. But she claims that it is from a breeder in Arkansas. And their are pictures of the dog, and they were faked of the same breed. She wants to sue, but if she sues the person might go "Ok here is your money, give me back the dog" So can anyone help us with this problem.

Update:

Thank you all so much for your answers. I talk with my friend and she doesn't want to sue. She justs want Foxy, the dog, to get better. Which may 1-3 months for her to fully recover. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    First rule of thumb when acquiring a new dog...know the source before you buy, visit the source, see both dam and sire if possible (if not, at least one of them) and examine the facilities. Any breeder that will not comply should be avoided at all costs.

    Now that you already have this poor pup, you've got a choice to make...rarely can you blame irresponsibility in the researching portion of the purchase on the breeder, and rarely are you able to keep the dog and be reimbursed costs for care. Litigation will be expensive and can't be done in your own State, but is done in the State of purchase (another reason to stay local when adopting a new dog...out of State "breeders" LOVE unsuspecting out-of-towners for that reason!)

    Mange is treatable...if you love the pup and want to keep it, suck it up and get proper medical treatment and learn not to repeat this mistake again. If the other disease (you didn't say what it was) is also treatable, the same applies. If it's a fatal disorder and you're able to prove it's a result of facility or breeding, then by all means, sad as it is, return the dying puppy and get your money back.

    (Sorry it's this heartbreaking to learn the lesson we all harp about on here but so many make fun of. Good luck.)

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  • 9 years ago

    Laws vary by state but in most areas, you can return the dog for a refund or you can exchange the dog. If those are the laws in the applicable state, and she's not happy with the options, don't waste anyone's time. Most people don't like those options so they suck it up.

    Depending what type of mange, you may not have a case. All dogs naturally have mites. Sometimes on some dogs they get a little out of control and it turns into a problem. This is demodectic mange. If that's the sort of mange it is, it probably has nothing to do with the breeder, unless the puppy was obviously having issues when it was shipped. Then it should not have been sold. But this is the type of thing that can flare up during times of stress. So it may have just flared up during the process of going to a new home with new people. If the dog came with scabies, on the other hand, and was obviously having issues when it was shipped, then it is the breeder's problem and you should have no problem returning the dog for a refund or exchange. However, treating for scabies is as easy at 2 doses of ivermectin timed appropriately. And ivermectin is dirt cheap, even from a vet.

    I guess at that point it's a matter of whether she wants to deal with the other disease or she wants a new dog. Good luck!

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  • 12345
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    To address an answer above, puppy mills are perfectly legal and often government licensed/inspected. They only get shut down if conditions are not up to standard. As long as they clean the cages, feed and water the dogs and keep in reasonable health, they can continue to operate. There is nothing illegal about keeping large amounts of animals for breeding purposes, aside from the required license.

    For most states, buying a puppy is buyer beware. Once the money is exchanged it it too bad so sad. Some states have puppy lemon laws so it depends on what state the pup came from or what state you are in. Arkansas does have these laws and the pup is covered up to 10 days. The breeder may be required to pay for vet costs up to the cost of the puppy.

    http://www.malteseonly.com/lemon.html

    Your problem is that mange is a common diseases and may not be the fault of the breeder or any lack of due diligence on their part.

    If your friend does sue, the breeder cannot take the pup back unless your friend gives the pup back.

    *** A civil lawsuit is NOT a criminal case. A successful lawsuit will not result in anyone going to jail. At best it will be a monetary penatly ****

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  • 4 years ago

    There is no proof that borax and peroxide kill mange. Mange mites are hidden deep in the skin - the borax would never reach them. Borax is also going to dry out his skin and probably make the itching worse. Tar shampoos don't kill mange mites either. And you don't even know if he really does have mange. It could be an infection or something else. He really needs to see a vet. The vet will diagnose whatever is wrong with him and give you some medication that will be really effective. It may even be easier to give than all this constant bathing you're doing. Without a diagnosis, you'll never be able to treat this properly. ADD: If nothing that the vet has tried is working, either go back and try some other treatments or get a second opinion from a different vet. What you are trying will probably make the problem worse. If you are very lucky, it might do absolutely nothing.

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  • 9 years ago

    File a complaint with Animal Control. She will need the paper work if it goes to court. Animal Control will take a look at the breeders kennel & hopefully shut her down.

    You have three days to return a pup. When a Vets checks a pup you buy or adopt & if the pup is found sickly, unhealthy, deformed or what ever. She needs this paperwork too.

    She got scammed. Never buy a pup that is advertised on the net. BYBers & Puppy Mills sell of the net. Selling these pups to any one & do no back ground checks on prospective owners. There are out there just to make money off any fool who would buy their pups.

    Contact Animal Control.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    She needs to look at her terms of sale and health gaurantee. Even bad breeders usually have something to cover themselves when things like this happen. It's likely that they will either refund her money if she returns the puppy or replace the puppy with one of equal value. I really don't think she will have much luck with a lawsuit. It would likely cost more to go to court than she would ever get back.

    If your friend had taken the time to properly research breeders before buying a puppy this all could have been avoided. She's not blameless in this situation.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Puppy Mills(puppy farms) are illegal and the owners of them can get arrested for multiple reasons and the dogs/any other animals will be taken and they will attempt to heal and sell the animals at a shelter. I would bring your sick puppy to the vet ASAP because mange is deadly. The puppy will probally loose all its fur while its healing but once all the mange is gone the fur will start to grow back. She can sue the owner of the Puppy Mill(she can press charges because the owner will more than likely end up in jail.) So I would contact the police/animal police(if thats possible in your area) and explain what has happened. Make sure to take pictures of the puppy and bring them with you if you end up having to go court to show prove.

    Source(s): Adopted a dog over the enternet, it was sick and died in less than a week due to heart worms,mange,and poor nutrision.
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  • 9 years ago

    I think, you should sue. The person will have to give you your money back, and the judges would not let a faker like him take the dog back. They will probably put the "breeder" in jail.

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    Hoped this helped!!!

    Source(s): *Imagination is more important then knowledge*
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