ACC Ranch / Bad Business Practices
My family wanted a Sheepadoodle puppy that we could bring home in June. We scheduled vacations around this and looked for a breeder that could accommodate us. ACC Ranch promised that she had not one but two litters that would meet our criteria. Before I mailed my deposit check on March 22nd, I spoke with Cathy of ACC Ranch on the phone. At the time, she assured me that she had two litters on the way to be born in April. She reiterated that one litter would be born mid April and one more litter would follow two weeks later. This would produce a mid or end of June take home date. The gestation period for these litters is about nine weeks. Which means that both pregnancies would have been well underway at the time that I placed a $600. deposit. I trusted that a professional breeder to know if her dogs were mid way through their pregnancies or not. If she knew that she did not have puppies on the way, she intentionally mislead me. We waited and waited to see pictures of the new puppies but they never came. When we inquired about how two supposedly already conceived litters had not arrived, Cathy told us that she could not even verify the pregnancy of the dogs and at that time, no puppies were coming. We pleaded for her to then return our deposit and she refused. After explaining that the date was an important factor to us and that we felt lied to, she discontinued responding to our emails. We did get a puppy in June, from another breeder who thought it outlandish to take non-refundable deposits for litters that did not exist. At the time that we confronted Cathy about the nonexistent litter that we had placed a deposit on, she said that she would not return our money but only would offer a puppy when one eventually arrived. She made no reference to when that might be. Without trust in her practices, we found the puppy that we desired from another breeder. Had Cathy not promised a puppy in June, in the timeframe that should have already verified pregnancy, we would not have given her a deposit. She was unable to provide what we had paid for and refused to refund our deposit.