Who do you contact if a greeder is not usda registered and is selling sick dogs? I have called bbb - filed claim report but because they are not registered, and ACA and they both did not care.
Unfortunately you may have no recourse. First, you need to read your sale agreement and look for language regarding health warantees, money back, etc. Most sale contracts do not cover reimbursement for veterinary bills and refund/replacement puppy clauses are limited to life threatening genetic and/or congenital defects. Hernias are not life threatening. If "mlp" has something to do with luxating patellas, they are not life threatening either. In order to receive a refund/replacement puppy, most sale contracts require you to have the puppy examined by your vet within a certain period of time and notify the breeder of any defects. Did your sale contract contain any clause like this and did you abide by that clause? Again, most sale contracts only give you a limited period of time (2-7 days) to return the dog for a refund or replacement puppy (usually Seller's choice) and only then if it is for a life threatening defect. As for ACA papers ... whether you have them or not they are really worthless. The AKC (American Kennel Club) is the only true registry for purebred dogs. Lastly, if you choose to sue you will most likely have to do it in Oklahoma. Hindsight is 20/20 and now you know that buying a living being sight unseen over the internet has its risks.I live in NY but the "breeder" is in OK. I purchased my dog back in November and she arrived very sick. I spent $500 in medical bills (sick for 3/12 weeks) plus a hernia and mlp that will need to be fixed later on. I provided my vet bills and the findings from the Vet but the "breeder" denied he sent me a sick dog. He never sent me my ACA papers either which were part of the sale included in the contract. Anyway, they just kept feeding me lies the entire time and long story short we dont speak anymore but I did post online on various websites my story of what they did to me. However, i found very little recourses when it came to agencies that would be able to stop their dirty business practices. They continue to advertise on Puppyfind and use fake fotos of dogs that dont exist. They swap the fotos constantly and it was so obvious that just last month they reused the picture of the dog i was suppose to have received again with a new name and birthdate for sale once more. The puppy i got looked nothing like the picture of what I saw on the internet. I got taken for a ride and hope that others dont have to go through this as well which is why i ask.
If they sell within NY state, they are bound by it's laws. Unless it states in your contract that all claims must be filed in Oklahoma, you could argue that jurisdiction properly belongs in NY as all the witnesses, veterinary records, and subject of the action (the puppy) are in NY.I believe the claim must be done in OK. Not in NY as that is where the greeder is located. Also, OK does not have the lemon law. I looked into that already. :blink: