Tucson man claims puppy problem
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TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - Daniel Ortega thought he would have a puppy running around his backyard by now. The father of two had promised his oldest son a dog for his fifth birthday. Instead, his backyard is barren with the exception of toys and course, the family's pet turtle.
Last week after some online browsing, Ortega fell for a German Shepherd puppy posted on the Humane Society of Southern Arizona website. The father of two says he called the HSSA right away. He asked if the pup was a purebred and how much it would cost to adopt her.
According to Ortega, the representative told him it would come out to about $100. That was not the case when he showed up, ready to bring her home.
"[It was a] complete different story once I brought the picture of the dog. She said, 'Oh no, that dog there is $300.' She said because if, and her exact words were,'if you go out and try to purchase this dog out there anywhere you're going to pay well over $1000, " Ortega told 9OYS.
"So, do you think this is an issue of miscommunication?" Nine On Your Side's Cory Marshall asked Ortega.
"I think this is an issue of profit to to be honest with you. I mean, what I was told is that the humane society was to give the dogs a good home," Ortega replied.
The HSSA says it is policy to charge more for purebreds.
"Purebred puppies that come in through the doors here, it's very rare," HSSA spokesperson Samantha Esquivel said.
"From our standpoint where we were, I think it was miscommunication that ended up happening. it's clearly stated on the walls and we did try to touch base with him as well," Esquivel continued.
Nine On Your Side called several other humane societies in the region; from New Mexico to San Diego and everywhere in-between. While adoption fees vary, the majority of agencies charge by age. Puppies were the most expensive. Of the shelters we called, the Animal Humane New Mexico is the only other location that charged more for a purebred puppy.
Ortega says he does not care about the cost, he just feels he was mislead.
As for the German Shepherd puppy, HSSA officials say she has already been adopted.