The Singer family adopted not one, but two adorable dogs from Purebred Breeders, LLC. Both of them came with genetic disorders and thousands of dollars in vet bills.
“We just kind of looked around online a lot and purebred breeders kept popping up,” said Jessica Singer.
Purebred Breeders has more than 800 website domains each dedicated a certain breed in a certain state.
“Totally at first thought … I mean 100 percent at first thought it was Utah,” said Singer.
The HSUS says it found that PBB is a brokerage company that buys from commercial breeders, also known as puppy mills, and distributes pets across the nation. The HSUS claims in a lawsuit it filed against Purebred that the dealer is misleading and sells sick puppies from sub-standard breeders. An accusation Singer would’ve found hard to believe when she began her search for the new addition to their family.
“They want you to feel like it's a local company. I want to support a local company,” said Singer.
At first everything seemed fine.
“And then he started presenting with a cough,” said Singer.
Singer took Van to the vet and found he had Kennel Cough. But, vet records from Van’s breeder clearly state that Van had been given the Bordetella vaccination to prevent this disease.
“I faxed them multiple bills and I kept getting emails back from them that said I'm sorry I didn't get your fax,” said Singer.
Then a little over a year later the Singers received even more bad news. They realized Van couldn’t open his mouth all the way. More vet bills later van was diagnosed with a genetic muscle deficiency. But, Van needed a friend so the Singers gave it another shot.
“Because we thought, you know what, what are the odds that we could get another dog that has any kind of a problem,” said Singer.
The Singers bought an English Springer Spaniel, Paisely. Singer says Purebred told her that Paisley had a knee problem but would clear up by the time she was nine months old. It never did. So she gave Purebred a call and she says they told her this:
“Well, you're within the guaranteed time frame so we can go ahead and … we can exchange her for you,” she quotes them. “Like a pair of shoes!” sais Singer.
And Singer says she was left to wonder what, if she had wanted to exchanged Paisley, would have happened to the innocent dog.
“It does make me ashamed that I gave them even a cent of my money,” Singer says she will never work with Purebred again and will go back to her ways of adopting future family pets.