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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Family asks: have we been sold a pup?

A WHITEHAVEN nurse who paid £300 online for a beagle puppy fears she will never see the dog – or get her money back.

Vanessa Kelly ordered the pup from an internet site as an early Christmas present for her daughters Shannon and Chelsea. But despite paying her money, the dog – named Charlie – didn’t arrive and Vanessa now fears that she has fallen victim to a scam, a claim strenuously denied by the seller.

She said: “We fell in love with the pictures of the beautiful puppy we were sent. We’d set our hearts on getting him but now we are just heartbroken.”

Vanessa bought Charlie from a man in Aberdeen named Dolly More, but was told that she couldn’t have the 11-week-old puppy until she paid the £300 fee to an African-based courier company. This fee was paid by an electronic Post Office transfer to a company, called Samuel Eko, based in Cameroon.

Vanessa, a West Cumberland Hospital nurse, was told it had arrived and the delivery was fixed. The excited family members stood on the doorstep of their Ullswater Avenue, Richmond, home waiting for Charlie to arrive – but in vain.

Vanessa has now been told by Mr More she will have to come up with another £295 “insurance fee”.

Contacted by The Whitehaven News on Monday, Mr More said he still had the dog but had not personally received the £300. “The money is with the transport people [in Cameroon] and is untouched,” he said, adding that another £295 is now needed for insurance. If Vanessa agrees to pay £100, he said he would pay the balance and arrange for the puppy to be delivered.

She replied: “I am not paying any more, I have lost enough already.”

Mr More denied that it is a scam. He said: “I give you my word. I am not lying.”

But Vanessa said: “I don’t think the puppy existed. We had a nice dog cage waiting for him, a new collar, toys, food, bowl and blankets – we’d already christened him Charlie. It just feels now as though something is missing.

“I’m still keen to get another beagle for the girls but one that actually exists and go about it the right way.”

Vanessa has complained to police and has been put in touch with the National Fraud helpline.

Have your say

Puppies aren't toys that are delivered from M&S! You should always see the puppy with its mother, and ask far more questions of the breeder than just 'how do I pay for it?'. If this family still want a loving pet, they could do a lot worse than to flick through the pages in the Whitehaven News to the monthly update from the local dog rescue, where they'll find plenty of young dogs in desperate need of a new family for Christmas - as well as some decent practical advice from the organisers about what owning a dog actually entails.

Posted by Katie on 28 November 2012 at 21:57

Limited sympathy

Posted by Dog lover on 28 November 2012 at 08:43

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