I bought a purebred miniature sausage dog – I was shocked when he grew into something totally different
A dog lover who paid for a purebred sausage dog was surprised to realise she had been scammed when the tiny pooch grew up.
Posting on TikTok under the user name @healinghoundz, the dog lover from Surrey documented how she had bought, what she thought was, a miniature purebred sausage dog.
The mother-of-five who is a self-proclaimed ‘crazy dog lady’ was seen posing with her new puppy who was joining her household of nine dogs, one cat and tortoise.
Although she didn’t disclose how much she paid for the dog, purebred dachshunds can fetch prices of £2,000 upwards.
A woman from the UK took to TikTok to explain how she bought what she thought was a miniature sausage dog puppy, but it grew up to be something else
The video then shows a set of chronological pictures showing the pup growing up, marking his transition from sausage dog to something completely different.
The dog developed a head skin to a Jack Russell Terrier, or even an Australian Kelpie.
The dog lover said: ‘When you pay for a pure breed miniature sausage dog with papers.
‘And you end up with this. We got scammed.’
The video showed a series of pictures in chronological order of how the pup grew up. The woman explained how she was baffled to discover that her purebred wasn’t a dachshund after all
The video revealed how the woman, who is a self-confessed ‘crazy dog lady’, paid for a purebred sausage dog with papers
The adorable pooch started life looking like advertised – a miniature sausage dog, which can cost upwards of £2,000
However, when he grew up he looked more like a Jack Russell Terrier, or even an Australian Kelpie
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST PUPPPY SCAMS
Do your research: if you’re making a purchase from a website or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. Look up reviews of the website or person you’re buying from. If you’re purchasing an item from an online marketplace, you can view the seller’s feedback history before going ahead with the purchase.
Trust your instincts: if you’re unable to view the animal in person, ask for a video call. If you’re buying a young animal, make sure you’re able to see the mother and rest of the litter. Any responsible seller will understand why you want to view the animal in person. If the seller declines, challenge them on why. If you have any suspicions, do not pay any money until you’re certain it’s genuine.
Choose your payment method wisely: avoid paying by bank transfer. Credit card or payment services such as PayPal give you a better chance of recovering your money if you become a victim of fraud.
When things go wrong: Anyone can fall victim to fraud. If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you’re in Scotland, you can report it to Police Scotland on 101.
However, over the top of the adorable pictures of the cheeky pooch, she added: ‘But we love him even more.’
Over 2,000 people have viewed the video, which was captioned: ‘Oh no oh no! #sauasgedog #sausagedoglife #fypt’
Since 2020, it has been reported that pet scams have risen more than 400 per cent as thieves target those who want a furry friend.
Data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, revealed that £2,638,323 was lost by prospective pet owners in the 2020/21 financial year, after they put down deposits for pets they saw advertised online.
The Sun reported that one woman was left stunned when she realised her purebred £1.7k goldendoodle puppy was not what its papers claimed it was.
And a woman bought a £3k purebred French bulldog puppy – which grew up to look shockingly different too.