Local Veteran Loses Hundreds to Online Puppy Seller
UPDATE (7/2): An Army veteran now has a new companion months after losing his best friend.
Phil Ahrens tried to buy a German Shepherd online to later find out the seller took his money without delivering the canine.
Over the weekend, a CHANNEL 5 NEWS viewer contacted us about a German Shepherd puppy they wanted to give the Ahrens.
Watch the video above for more information on this update.
MONTE ALTO – A Rio Grande Valley veteran says he was taken advantage of when he tried to buy a puppy online.
Army Vietnam Veteran Phil Ahrens says he wanted to train the canine to become a service dog following the death of his beloved German Shepherd, Lucky.
His family says the Colorado seller requested a wire transfer of over $500 after they signed a contract.
Ahrens tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS he never got the puppy or his money back, so he filed a police report.
KRGV’s Angelo Vargas reached out to the Better Business Bureau about pet fraud. The group’s president explains if a company wants you to make a money transfer, it’s often times a fraudulent act.