Horrible Couple Sells Lost Puppy on Craigslist Instead of Giving Him Back

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rottweiler puppy

Sometimes you hear something so awful that all you can really say is, "What the hell is WRONG with people?" And that's exactly how I reacted when I heard about a Pennsylvania couple who sold their neighbor's lost puppy for $50 on Craigslist instead of returning him.

Yes -- Scott and Roxanne Duff SOLD a 6-month-old Rottweiler to make a cheap buck, and they probably would've gotten away with it too if they hadn't made one key mistake.

It turns out the poor little pup wasn't alone when he showed up in the Duffs' yard; he had a Labrador Retriever with him that also belonged to the neighbor. The couple were advised by police to contact a local shelter or dog catcher, but they decided to go ahead and return the Labrador and put the Rottweiler up for sale.

After the neighbor had the Labrador back, the Duffs told police the other puppy had run away. When the neighbor didn't believe them, that's when they finally broke down and admitted they'd traded him in for a cool $50.

If they'd simply done the right thing and returned both dogs, they wouldn't be facing charges of conspiracy, filing false reports, and failing to return lost property. Heck, even if they'd just listed both of them on Craigslist, they probably wouldn't have been found out, and maybe they'd have $100 in their pockets. (Yes, of course I'm kidding.)

Thankfully this story does have a happy ending, as the woman who bought the poor pooch happily returned him, so he's back home with his family where he belongs.

If anything, this should serve as an important reminder to invest in a fence to make sure your pets don't stray from home. And if you're looking for a dog by way of Craigslist, you may want to think twice about scooping one up for a bargain price. You may wind up with someone's beloved family friend instead of a new watchdog.

Would you ever purchase a dog from Craigslist?


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MomoLS MomoLS

As a warning for all, Craiglist is a known place for scam artists to operate in the pets section.  Many of these "sellers" are selling lost/stolen dogs, or buying cheap pets and re-selling them for a bit more.

tbruc... tbrucemom

My boyfriend has had good luck buying and selling things on Craigslist but I've heard horror stories. Sidenote, that is the cutest puppy!   I have a soft spot for rottweilers. I had one and he was the sweetest dog I've ever owned.

CLM3345 CLM3345

It's called puppy flipping and it's so sad! I think it's great the woman who bought him returned him. Not all people would have. I can't imagine why someone would do this!

UgtaB... UgtaBkdnMe

I love craigslist, it's not everyone's fault these people are idiots.

Deedstra LasVegas

I got my puppy on Craigslist but the man who sold her to me had AKC registration papers for her and her parents so I'm pretty sure he was legit.

Vegeta Vegeta

I bought my dog on craigslist three years ago, and I can't imagine life without him. Most people on craigslist are honest and the ones who aren't usually are easy to spot. (very little info, bad grammar, too cheap prices etc).

the4m... the4mutts

I got a dog from craigslist once. She was free. The lady found a box of abandoned puppies on the side of a highway. There were 5, but one got hit. So she took them in, got them to a healthy weight, and got their shots, then gave them away.

Since there was no monetary gain, I had no problem taking this fantastic dog. She's a beautiful lab/shepard mix, smart and sweet, and has been a great addition to our family.

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