The Gift of Pets: Stories Only a Vet Could Tell

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And now, to bring it full circle, dog owners are going to vets with DNA reports in hand.

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It can be tough for veterinarians to figure out what to do with these DNA results—especially when some test providers are scrupulous and others less so. Several dog owners told me their vets were curious when they brought in a DNA report for their dog. Meanwhile, the veterinarians and canine geneticists who did want to talk were largely skeptical. Moses was especially concerned about the health-risk information. Moses co-authored a comment in Nature earlier this year, in which she recounted the story of a year-old dog that was losing her ability to walk.

Convinced that she would slowly die of the disease, her owners put her to sleep. But the mutation for DM is notoriously hard to interpret. The episode prompted Moses to take a closer look at the pet-DNA industry, and she came away even less certain of how to interpret the results. Moses says she had been taking the DNA tests at face value, and she began to wonder if she had caused her patients too much worry by doing so. Carrie Waters, a veterinarian in Dallas, echoed the sentiment. At its core, the harmonization project is a database of dog genes that have been linked to different diseases in different breeds.

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I don't feel comfortable depositing this check in my account. I am going through this right now. Has there been any update about what happened? Or who is doing this and what kind of scam this is? These people use very professional website and everything seems legit till you make your payment! Then all the red flags pop up and you are screwed. Then all you get are texts from the so-called company that won't answer phone calls in 3 diffrent states. And all have strange recordings asking for your name!

Even from the "seller". I had never heard of puppy scams until it was too late!!

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Recently my husband and I were victims of a puppy scam I thought I had done my research until the day the puppy was to be delivered. I refused and told him to get it from the breeder. I tried contacting the breeder and NO response. The shipper again texted me and said if I don't sent the money ASAP he would take the puppy to the pound and he would not be responsible for what happens to him. I told just return the puppy to the breeder and he said, you owned the puppy so pay the money and I will ship her Long story short I told him I would be calling the States Atty, local authories and anyone else.

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  • The shipper texted back and said, don't do nothing let me get back to you. I have heard nothing this happened on Sunday, October 4. I am out my money and it is very disappointing because I thought these were deceit people and there website is so, so professional. Never again, if I can't touch, feel the puppy I don't buy it.

    Hopefully they catch this group. This happened to me today. I sent to Tulsa for my wirehaired pointer Western Union. I was called and told I needed to pay more dollars for a climate crate and insurance. I said no and now short and no puppy. I live very close to Tulsa, I would love to check this out for you and find out if this is a scammer. This makes me sick. I am in the process of looking for a special type of dog and they all come from either Europe or Russia.

    I am very skeptical. Anyone that needs a dog checked out in my area, please contact me, I can go take a look at it and make sure it is legit. Im sorry this happened to you. Yes this just happened to me. While I was looking online on FB in one of the Animals to purchase groups, this man named, Brian Blu offered to give me a Yorkshire Terrier for free stating he had two pups, a boy and a girl that he needed to find a good home for.

    Well I bought it and ended up giving an Amazon gift card online for 80 bucks for the delivery fee to send the pup to me. He said he was in another state. Soon as I paid this way, he acted like he had taken the pup down to the shipment facility and when he got there, now they were requiring a dollar fee to protect the puppy for safety, and part of it was for a specialized crate to keep the pup warm. That is when I finally woke up and realized that he was a scammer. For one he wouldn't give me any of his info like his address, phone or email but he duped me into giving all of mine.

    Plus he kept hammering about making sure that I buy an Amazon card in cash. Now, I am so mad about it. I just fell for something like this. This is real people. I did some research and this lady has been doing this for months.

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    We really need to stop these people. She said it will take maybe years to get the money for the puppy back. I was just scammed on a pug puppy supposedly out of Seattle and it is very emberassing but you are not alone. I am retired and they were o so convincing will hurt our christmas. I cannot fathom why this is allowed to continue over the internet. Once I refused to pay the threats just kept on coming. Funny they will not disclose the location of the puppy prior to shipping so I can go get it. The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

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    You can also report it to the Washington State Attorney General. Did she say she has cancer which is why she's giving the pup up?

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    My sister received email from someone saying she was from Indiana, has a 8 week teacup yorkie, claimed she didn't want any money. Couldn't talk on phone because she has throat cancer how convenient, no phone number to trace.

    My sister offered to go down and pick it up and have not heard a word back since then. No money exchanged hands anyway.

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    Another one Scammers abound! I emailed spokan police see what they might know , thanks a lot. Hello, I was wondering if you ever found out anything? I started dealing with these people today. Was wondering if they were legit or not.