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LoboPuppies.com Melody Edwards / SICK PUPPIES IMPORTED from RUSSIA

1 Hurst, TXHurst, TX, United States Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: 214 994 3442

North Richland Hills puppy dealer sued over multiple violations

03:27 PM CDT on Thursday, September 18, 2008

By CHRIS HAWES / WFAA-TV


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But the Texas Attorney General's office is taking action against a puppy broker.

Investigators say the North Richland Hills business sometimes sold deathly ill, imported puppies.

Many customers of Epuppypro and LoBoPuppies say they believed they were buying healthy puppies, that grew up at the North Richland Hills home.

Now, the Texas Attorney General's office says, in many cases, that simply wasn't true.

Late last year, the Bell family decided they were ready for a new baby - a bulldog baby.


Piper arrived malnourished and without hip sockets. Valerie Bell searched the internet for local breeders and found a nice-looking face on LoBoPuppies.com.

"I found her picture first is what did it for me. She was a beautiful little puppy, " she said.

The Bells paid the $2, 000 selling price and took her home but when LoBoPuppies failed to deliver the certification papers, the couple began researching the company, along with its sister site - Epuppypro.com.

They discovered stories of puppies delivered near death, along with online memorials to puppies that didn't make it.

Piper, as one bulldog was known, arrived undernourished, infected and without hip sockets, her owner says.

"I think we're one of the lucky ones that got a healthy puppy, " said Bell.

This week, the Texas Attorney Generals' Office sued Epuppypro.com and LoBoPuppies, along with the people who run them.

According to the filing, the operators violated the deceptive trade practices act by, in some cases, failing to disclose health problems, failing to provide certification papers and failing to disclose the puppies were imported from Russia and other countries.

The Bells believed Maggie was raised in the United States until their vet discovered a tattoo.

"We asked him 'why would they tattoo her?' and he said 'she's imported' and we knew then she wasn't domestic that she was imported from somewhere outside the United States, " Todd Bell said.

"That is what has horrified me the most about this case is I feel like I've supported a puppy mill unknowingly, " said Valerie Bell.

The websites' operators did not return our calls for comment.

The Attorney General's office has asked a Tarrant County district judge to issue a restraining order against the websites and operators.

They've also asked the companies be forced to repay any damages for which they're responsible.

E-mail chawes@wfaa.com

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  • Bu
      20th of Oct, 2008
    0 Votes

    Here is another article about LoBoPuppies.com

    Thursday, September 18, 2008

    State Busts Up Alleged Puppy Mills

    FORT WORTH (CN) - The State of Texas accuses a married couple and the wife's sister of running puppy mills, misrepresenting the diseased bulldogs they sell for $2, 000 to $3, 000 apiece, falsely claiming to have bred the dogs themselves, and refusing to replace dead dogs with healthy, live ones.
    The defendants are Kristy O'Neal dba EPuppyPro aka EPuppyPro.com; her husband, Charles O'Neal, also dba T.B. Elite Marketing LLC dba EPuppyPro.com and Lobopuppies.com; her sister, Melody Edwards dba Lobopuppies aka Lobopuppies.com; and Vickie O'Neal Alvord, an officer of T.B. Elite Marketing and epuppypro.com and lobopuppies.com.
    The O'Neals operate out of North Richland Hills, Texas, Edwards out of Hurst.
    The state alleges:
    The defendants misrepresented the health of at least four sick puppies, claiming they had been checked by vets; one died the day after arrival; another one died soon thereafter; one has "two genetic disorders which left it unable to walk or stand."
    One puppy the defendants sold was ill on arrival and died within 6 weeks.
    The defendants advertise their dogs with alleged testimonials from customers, but at least one such customer "made no such statements and remains dissatisfied with his or her purchasing experience."
    The defendants use AKC and other trademarks to advertise their dogs, but refuse to provide AKC papers when requested.
    The defendants misrepresent themselves as the dogs' breeders, but the dogs have tattoos indicating they were imported. One puppy, which Kristy O'Neal misrepresented as bred at her home and "her kids' favorite" went to the purchaser "straight from the airport immediately after being imported."
    The state demands penalties of up to $20, 000 per violation.

  • Tr
      4th of Nov, 2008
    0 Votes

    We purchased a puppy Titian from Lobo puppies "Melody" this summe and We paid $2, 700.00.
    We can't get Melody or her sister to return our calls now or give us papers that they promised were being sent. Clearly this was not TRUE. They never intended to deliver a healthy puppy with papere ever.

    ** Our Dog needs eye surgery right away that cost a min. of $2, 000.00.
    He was sick when we got him with a bad infection and he had trouble breathing.

    ** Please let us know if anyone has info that might help us. !!!

    Sincerely,


    The Wolf

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