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Family buys puppy online for $300 but a few hours later, everyone is in tears

It cannot be said often enough: internet sellers of dogs, cats and other living things cannot be trusted. Read on to discover the heart-breaking story of little Jasmine.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 22/10/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

Generally speaking, internet pet shops sell animals at prices which seem too good to be true. In North Carolina earlier this year, the Graves family purchased a puppy for $300 from a seller who advertised the dog online.

On arrival at the vendor’s house everything seemed quite normal, and the little dog appeared happy and active. According to the seller, Jasmine had even had her first round of vaccinations.

Failing health

Yet all was not well, and tragedy was looming for Jasmine and the Graves family. Just a few hours after bringing Jasmine back they noticed how poorly the dog seemed. She was listless and slow, and had lost the bounciness she had when she was at the seller’s house.

Jasmine was soon examined by a vet who pronounced the dog to be riddled with worms to the extent that the poor animal had become anaemic.

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She was, according to the vet, in a huge amount of pain and for that reason should be put down. The family was devastated.

Tragic end to a short life

They later buried euthanased Jasmine in their garden.

They hope their sharing the story of her short and tragic life will prevent others from falling foul of confidence tricksters.

In the UK, there are literally hundreds of animal shelters. Almost all of them are now bursting at the seams due to an influx of unwanted Covid adoptions, so:

  • Do NOT buy a dog from an internet seller unless you are certain of the seller's credentials
  • Ask questions about the dog’s heritage. A reputable breeder will be able to answer you.
  • Do NOT buy a dog from a puppy farm. 
  • DO get in touch with your local animal rescue charity.