Elite Basset Hounds — Non delivery of pet /scam
Stupidly I paid a $1700 fee upfront to be placed on their waiting list for a miniature basset hound. After a year and a half of waiting, I was given a choice of one puppy which I readily accepted as I was really thinking I was never going to get a dog. Six weeks after the dog was born I was told I had to pay a $490 shipping fee in anticipation of getting the dog shipped to me. Well... months went by with excuse after excuse. The puppy only had one teste drop, the puppy wasn't big enough to sterilize, again the puppy wasn't big enough to sterilize and on and on. Then it was thanksgiving so nothing would happen, then it was a month waiting for blood test results and vet clearances. Then they told me to clear my Christmas holiday schedule if I wanted to get the dog. I did that and they never ever gave me a shipping date. I always emailed them politely and replied nicely as I had read reviews of how they terminate your contract and keep your money if you question them. It states in the contract that they will ship the puppy within 12-20 weeks. To this date, the dog is 32 weeks old and when I questioned that, they put me under ‘review' as I called the dog a dog and not a puppy. Then they put me under review when I mentioned that I paid for a dog. Apparently I did not!! Apparently I bought a dog crate and am getting a free puppy inside it. This ridiculousness has brought such stress and angst into my life that I can't handle it anymore. They have FINALLY emailed me with possible shipping date but want me to sign yet another contract with a bunch of new clauses etc BUT because I didn't sign this new document in 48 hours that I am possibly in breach of the stupid contract and further failure to email or sign the document will result in a breach of contract. Seriously??? Then guess what? If I want to resume discussion of the contract I will have to pay a $1000 breach of contract fee!!! They run a very clever scam. They drive you crazy to the point where you get upset with them, they then turn instantly rude and condescending and slam you with a breach of contract, keep your money and resell the dog. I know I am never getting my money back but I really would like potential future clients to be aware of their scam. It was a very expensive lesson for me but I will never do it again!