3 ON YOUR SIDE (3TV) - Brenna and Micah Pavkov are newlyweds and thought adding a puppy to their lives was just what they needed. "I was honestly really excited," Brenna told 3 On Your Side. “We like to be active, and it's a lot easier to stay active if you take them to dog parks or you walk them every day."
The couple turned to the internet and came across a website called Brightline Goldendoodle, which claims to sell goldendoodle puppies.
This is where Brenna and Micah fell in love with a little pup named Priscilla and agreed to buy the dog.
“How much money did you send?” asked 3 On Your Side’s Gary Harper.
“$515,” Brenna replied.
“Did you think twice? Like, I'm sending money to someone I don't know,” Harper asked.
“Honestly, I don't think so," she said.
After forwarding $515 electronically, Brightline Goldendoodle was supposed to ship Priscilla to Brenna and Micah. But the couple never received airline information, which they thought was kind of weird. "It was later in the evening, and we were wondering why haven't we received any flight information,” Brenna remembered asking her husband. “We already paid, and they said the paperwork was already processed.”
It turns out, Priscilla never arrived.
So, 3 On Your Side got involved, and we tried several times contacting Brightline Goldendoodle. However, no one ever responded.
But we did notice after we got involved that they changed their phone number, including a different area code.
We also discovered a warning on a website called PetScams.com. It lists hundreds of websites that reportedly pose as breeders, but they say they do nothing more than take people's money.
Under Brightline Goldendoodle, the website has a warning that says, "They claim to sell puppies, but the domain was actually created by criminals in order to defraud people wanting to buy a goldendoodle."
For these newlyweds, $515 is a lot of money and they hope no one else falls for it. "I just feel embarrassed. I feel like an idiot because I was sucked into something too good to be true," Micah told us.
Remember, if you’re looking to buy a pet, always meet the pet and the pet’s owner in person. And, the Better Business Bureau says don't be swayed by a fancy pet website.