There are little to no regulations on dog breeders in Arizona

MESA, AZ – Months of waiting with no response, no puppy and still no refund. For the past few weeks, the Let Joe Know team has told you about Cox Family Doodles in Mesa.

More than two dozen people contacted the team saying they hadn’t gotten their dogs back and were still trying to recover deposits averaging $500.

So what protections are in place when dealing with a dog breeder?

How do you know what you’re really getting? In most cases, it seems that you are alone.

“There are no specific regulations that target ranchers,” said Ruthie Jesus, animal cruelty investigator and field operations supervisor at the Arizona Humane Society. “One of the biggest issues that we see very often is puppies or even adult dogs being bought and sold on Craigslist.”

Like what happened to Nancy. She says she found a husky pup on Craigslist, paid $380, and then another $4,000 in vet bills when she discovered the pup had parvo.

The seller has disappeared.

Priscilla spent $1,000 buying a Maltese puppy from another online seller. She says the puppy got very sick the first day she got him and eventually had to be put to sleep because he had parvo and was so malnourished.

Both buyers had very little information about the seller.

“They have, you know, maybe an email address, maybe a phone number, but there’s no address for us to check on residents and do a wellness check” , Ruthie said.

She says anyone with a pet in Arizona is subject to Arizona Revised Statue 13-2910which focuses on animal cruelty and neglect.

“It requires that things like animals have to have adequate access to medical treatment, they have to have water, food and shelter and you know, you can’t abuse them or leave them in a hot car. or fight them things like that,” Ruthie said.

She adds that there are no regulations on how many dogs a person owns, how they are bred or even how they are sold.

She says if you’re buying from a breeder or online, insist on seeing where the animal is from so you can report it if the animals aren’t being treated properly.

Meanwhile, other states have enacted stricter laws. Like Ohio, where they limited the number of times a female dog can be bred.

Also, instead of buying, consider a shelter or sanctuary where you can view the animal and its medical history.

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