Unsuspecting elderly couple fall victim to cunning breeder’s cruel dogfishing scam

It is thought the callous breeder was trying to get more cash by selling Labradors as cockapoo puppies

An elderly couple fell victim to a dogfishing scam after ending up with a Labrador, despite the pup being sold as a cockapoo.

Poor Milo’s life began as a helpless pawn in the cruel breeder’s puppy scam.

The eight-week-old black Labrador pup was sold as a cockapoo to the couple.

But they soon realised they had actually been tricked into buying an entirely different dog, TeamDogs reports.

It’s thought the puppy scammer presumed they would get more money for a cockapoo as they cashed in on a huge surge in demand for puppies that has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Although the couple found Milo lovely, they didn’t have the garden space or the strength and energy to raise the large puppy in the way he deserved.

The cunning breeder didn’t answer the couple’s calls and so they turned to Blue Cross for help.

The Blue Cross Southampton rehoming centre in Hampshire took sweet Milo in and found a foster home for him, so he could continue to get the socialisation he needed in a home environment.

The youngster does not belong in a kennel, as puppies need to get used to the many different sights and sounds that they will encounter in everyday life before the age of 12 weeks, such as the sound of a vacuum cleaner or a TV.

After this amount of time, anything new they encounter, including people and other animals, may be approached with caution or – at worst – fear.

Kim Simpson, animal welfare assistant at the Southampton Blue Cross centre, said: “Thankfully, Milo was in good condition when he arrived in our care, but we do worry about the conditions he may have been raised in, given how unscrupulous the person selling him was.

“The con artist went to great lengths to disguise their scam and even sent the couple who bought him a video of Milo with an adult poodle, claiming it was his mum.

“But despite this, Milo was your typical, bouncy and inquisitive Labrador puppy and we found him a wonderful foster home where we knew he would get all the care, play and attention he needed to thrive.”

Naturally, Milo’s foster carer fell in love with the beautiful pup straight away and soon offered him the permanent home he so desperately needed.

Kim said: “Milo had already known three homes before he was even 10 weeks old, so we were really happy when his foster carer offered to adopt him as it meant there was no more moving about or upheaval for him. He’s settled in perfectly and couldn’t be happier in his new home.”

Blue Cross expects to be picking up the pieces caused by this “puppy pandemic” for many years to come.