Warning over puppies scam

Julie-Anne Morrisey with the bed she had ready for her new dog, displays the site on which she was conned

Julie-Anne Morrisey with the bed she had ready for her new dog, displays the site on which she was conned

First published in News

JULIE-ANNE Morrissey is heartbroken after being duped out of £600 buying a golden retriever as a 50th birthday gift for herself.

She agreed to buy the puppy from an independent trader, known to her as Andrew Truswell, based in Glasgow, through website Dogs and Puppies. Julie-Anne, who is 50 next month, had been saving for her dream pet since January.

The dog was going to cost £325 and the mother of two grown up children, who is a full-time carer for husband Antony, 52, agreed to pay £140 up front, which she did on May 31, and would then transfer the rest after having the puppy for 10 days.

Julie-Anne, of Chippenham Walk, Penhill, said: “He was going to be flown from Glasgow to Bristol Airport, I then had correspondence with the courier, who said the storage for the puppy was unsuitable and he needed more money from me.

“I said I could not afford this but they said I’d get the money back on delivery, so I paid it.

“Then the courier was on again saying there was a problem with the insurance and I’d need to pay between £900 and £1,800.

“They said the puppy would be put in quarantine if we didn’t pay, and we’d face having to pay £60 for every day he was in quarantine or face legal action.

“I was going to work out a way to pay but my husband put his foot down and said no.”

Before refusing to go any further, the Morrisseys had paid an extra £483 in delivery money and vaccinations costs.

“Since reporting the incident to police the couple have not heard from the seller or the person alleging to represent the courier.

The Action Fraud agency believes they were victims of an internet con.

Julie-Anne, who gave up work at Triumph International in 2012 to care for her diabetic husband, said: “The emails I had look legitimate and they obviously preyed on my emotions and how much I wanted a dog.

“I’m feel duped and gutted but I’m trying not to think about it.

“This has really upset me, I look after my disabled husband, we don’t have a great deal of money and this has really marred a big birthday. I wanted to get this story out there and stop others being conned.”

She still hopes to get a golden retriever but will need to save more money. The couple are optimistic they might be able to get some of the money back they paid after Action Fraud has investigated the matter.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “This is an unfortunate incident and we feel for the lady. We encourage people to have a rescue pet rather than buying online.”

John Warwick, founder of Swindon and District Animal Haven, said: “People running these cons target an individual’s emotions and there needs to be tighter regulations.”

Julie-Ann said that she hopes websites such as Dogs and Puppies would show the potential threats of being scammed by traders in a clearer way. She now intends to buy a pet from a vet or dogs home.

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7:40am Wed 11 Jun 14

stfcdod says...

This story is almost unbelievable.
This story is almost unbelievable. stfcdod
  • Score: 13

8:44am Wed 11 Jun 14

Steve700 says...

Maybe the lady in question should have considered 'rescuing' a Golden Retriever, and donating to the costs of the Rescue...

http://www.goldenret
rievers.co.uk/applic
ation/rescue/
Maybe the lady in question should have considered 'rescuing' a Golden Retriever, and donating to the costs of the Rescue... http://www.goldenret rievers.co.uk/applic ation/rescue/ Steve700
  • Score: 36

9:02am Wed 11 Jun 14

Rubbercement says...

Whilst this is awful for the lady concerned, you should always go to see the puppy for yourself with it's mother. There are local breeders aswell. And rescue centres ask for a donation to home a puppy.
Whilst this is awful for the lady concerned, you should always go to see the puppy for yourself with it's mother. There are local breeders aswell. And rescue centres ask for a donation to home a puppy. Rubbercement
  • Score: 29

9:37am Wed 11 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Dog breeding rules across the board need sorting out. Just look at the amount of charities looking after abandoned dogs.
Asking John Warwicks opinion stinks after all he's done to animals by the way.
Dog breeding rules across the board need sorting out. Just look at the amount of charities looking after abandoned dogs. Asking John Warwicks opinion stinks after all he's done to animals by the way. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -4

10:11am Wed 11 Jun 14

BigBarry says...

Very sad story, but on the plus side if the lady is 50 I'll have a glass of whatever she's drinking ,
Very sad story, but on the plus side if the lady is 50 I'll have a glass of whatever she's drinking , BigBarry
  • Score: 11

10:56am Wed 11 Jun 14

tarot says...

A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first?
A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first? tarot
  • Score: 12

11:10am Wed 11 Jun 14

christy101 says...

I used to think adopting a pet through a charity/rescue place was the best option, until we actually tried to adopt a puppy or young dog! We were asked a series of increasingly personal and invasive questions, and whilst I agree checks should be made beforehand, I don't see what more we could have done. We were refused on the grounds that "we might have children someday and they might turn out to be allergic to animal fur". My husband and myself are 28 and 33, financially secure and have a house in a quiet part of town with lots of space to walk a dog-and no plans to ever have children!
I used to think adopting a pet through a charity/rescue place was the best option, until we actually tried to adopt a puppy or young dog! We were asked a series of increasingly personal and invasive questions, and whilst I agree checks should be made beforehand, I don't see what more we could have done. We were refused on the grounds that "we might have children someday and they might turn out to be allergic to animal fur". My husband and myself are 28 and 33, financially secure and have a house in a quiet part of town with lots of space to walk a dog-and no plans to ever have children! christy101
  • Score: 14

12:03pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Wildwestener says...

tarot wrote:
A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first?
Not really the same at all is it? And some people probably would if they could yes.
[quote][p][bold]tarot[/bold] wrote: A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first?[/p][/quote]Not really the same at all is it? And some people probably would if they could yes. Wildwestener
  • Score: -5

12:25pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Oldtownmum says...

Why on earth would you get a puppy from Glasgow? Labs are so common, there'll be dozen of litters in the area here. I know of one myself. Silly woman
Why on earth would you get a puppy from Glasgow? Labs are so common, there'll be dozen of litters in the area here. I know of one myself. Silly woman Oldtownmum
  • Score: 18

1:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

stfcdod says...

tarot wrote:
A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first?
A dog is a dog. A child is human. Spot the difference?
[quote][p][bold]tarot[/bold] wrote: A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first?[/p][/quote]A dog is a dog. A child is human. Spot the difference? stfcdod
  • Score: -5

1:59pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Chrisg46 says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Dog breeding rules across the board need sorting out. Just look at the amount of charities looking after abandoned dogs.
Asking John Warwicks opinion stinks after all he's done to animals by the way.
Debatable to say the least. I got my boy from there, a perfectly healthy (if somewhat nuts) collie, and knew numerous people who also got pets from John without any problems.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Dog breeding rules across the board need sorting out. Just look at the amount of charities looking after abandoned dogs. Asking John Warwicks opinion stinks after all he's done to animals by the way.[/p][/quote]Debatable to say the least. I got my boy from there, a perfectly healthy (if somewhat nuts) collie, and knew numerous people who also got pets from John without any problems. Chrisg46
  • Score: 11

2:00pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Chrisg46 says...

I do echo the adopt a puppy comments by the way :)
I do echo the adopt a puppy comments by the way :) Chrisg46
  • Score: -1

2:15pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Chrisg46 wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Dog breeding rules across the board need sorting out. Just look at the amount of charities looking after abandoned dogs.
Asking John Warwicks opinion stinks after all he's done to animals by the way.
Debatable to say the least. I got my boy from there, a perfectly healthy (if somewhat nuts) collie, and knew numerous people who also got pets from John without any problems.
His numerous convictions after numerous warnings are not debateable. Of course there have been some successful adoptions from there too. Not disputing that.
[quote][p][bold]Chrisg46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Dog breeding rules across the board need sorting out. Just look at the amount of charities looking after abandoned dogs. Asking John Warwicks opinion stinks after all he's done to animals by the way.[/p][/quote]Debatable to say the least. I got my boy from there, a perfectly healthy (if somewhat nuts) collie, and knew numerous people who also got pets from John without any problems.[/p][/quote]His numerous convictions after numerous warnings are not debateable. Of course there have been some successful adoptions from there too. Not disputing that. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 2

3:01pm Wed 11 Jun 14

tarot says...

stfcdod wrote:
tarot wrote:
A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first?
A dog is a dog. A child is human. Spot the difference?
Still a member of the family.
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tarot[/bold] wrote: A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first?[/p][/quote]A dog is a dog. A child is human. Spot the difference?[/p][/quote]Still a member of the family. tarot
  • Score: 8

3:36pm Wed 11 Jun 14

bowlerc67 says...

What is John doing in Glasgow????? Why has hr got dogs? Are the rules in Scotland different to ours?
What is John doing in Glasgow????? Why has hr got dogs? Are the rules in Scotland different to ours? bowlerc67
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

bill oddie says...

Lovely puppies.
Lovely puppies. bill oddie
  • Score: -1

6:07pm Wed 11 Jun 14

jimmys lovechild says...

This scam as been going on Facebook for months
This scam as been going on Facebook for months jimmys lovechild
  • Score: 2

6:08pm Wed 11 Jun 14

krystle morrissey says...

In hindsight she knows what she did was silly, but she has been wanting a golden retriever pup 4so long that I suppose she had tunnel vision and just saw a happy ending, the sites did look legit but thenhow else would you dupe people, the guy in question andrew (if that is his real name) came across as a family man with a love of animals, he sent pictures of the mum and dad along with the litter and all seemed as it should. People may view my mum as silly but all she is trying to do now is get the msg out to others so they dont make the same mistake.
In hindsight she knows what she did was silly, but she has been wanting a golden retriever pup 4so long that I suppose she had tunnel vision and just saw a happy ending, the sites did look legit but thenhow else would you dupe people, the guy in question andrew (if that is his real name) came across as a family man with a love of animals, he sent pictures of the mum and dad along with the litter and all seemed as it should. People may view my mum as silly but all she is trying to do now is get the msg out to others so they dont make the same mistake. krystle morrissey
  • Score: -2

7:24pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Hello "Chris46" welcome back
Tee hee! 😜
Hello "Chris46" welcome back Tee hee! 😜 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -2

7:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

lemon_Sherbert says...

It's heart breaking. The same thing happened to me a two weeks ago. Also on dogs and puppies.. Only the puppy was in dublin and we lost £300.
It's heart breaking. The same thing happened to me a two weeks ago. Also on dogs and puppies.. Only the puppy was in dublin and we lost £300. lemon_Sherbert
  • Score: -3

10:11pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Hels-bells says...

Even though this was a scam, people wouldn't fall victim to such things if they ensured they were able to see the puppy and it's mother before handing over any money. Agree with the comments above that there should be more legislation with breeding although I can't understand why anyone would take on such a responsibility without seeing exactly what you were getting. Please support the Pupaid campaign to stop puppy farming #wheresmum
Even though this was a scam, people wouldn't fall victim to such things if they ensured they were able to see the puppy and it's mother before handing over any money. Agree with the comments above that there should be more legislation with breeding although I can't understand why anyone would take on such a responsibility without seeing exactly what you were getting. Please support the Pupaid campaign to stop puppy farming #wheresmum Hels-bells
  • Score: 7

5:58am Thu 12 Jun 14

Rod Bourne says...

stfcdod wrote:
tarot wrote:
A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first?
A dog is a dog. A child is human. Spot the difference?
Dogs are better than children
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tarot[/bold] wrote: A dog is a member of the family. Would you adopt a child online without seeing it first?[/p][/quote]A dog is a dog. A child is human. Spot the difference?[/p][/quote]Dogs are better than children Rod Bourne
  • Score: 5

12:02pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Moth says...

Steve700 wrote:
Maybe the lady in question should have considered 'rescuing' a Golden Retriever, and donating to the costs of the Rescue...

http://www.goldenret

rievers.co.uk/applic

ation/rescue/
I've had German Shepherds for the past 30 years. All were rescues, including my current dog. There are many rescues up and down the country, for every breed desperate to find good, loving homes. Many dogs end up in rescue through no fault of their own, like my first German Shepherd. Her owners split up and neither could take her. I had her for many years and was heartbroken when she passed from old age at the age of 15.

I hope this lady decides to adopt a rescue dog.

This article highlights how easy it is to get scammed on the internet. Please people, be very, very careful.
[quote][p][bold]Steve700[/bold] wrote: Maybe the lady in question should have considered 'rescuing' a Golden Retriever, and donating to the costs of the Rescue... http://www.goldenret rievers.co.uk/applic ation/rescue/[/p][/quote]I've had German Shepherds for the past 30 years. All were rescues, including my current dog. There are many rescues up and down the country, for every breed desperate to find good, loving homes. Many dogs end up in rescue through no fault of their own, like my first German Shepherd. Her owners split up and neither could take her. I had her for many years and was heartbroken when she passed from old age at the age of 15. I hope this lady decides to adopt a rescue dog. This article highlights how easy it is to get scammed on the internet. Please people, be very, very careful. Moth
  • Score: 4

3:05pm Thu 12 Jun 14

mummsey says...

I have a very loving 9year old husky cross who's a big boy. He came to me at 9 months old as a nervy and unsocialised puppy,and slowly, over time, with a lot of love, patience and letting him calmly do things in his own time, he became the happy and loving companion that he is. My point is I'm 66, live in a small house with a small garden, although I take him everywhere, and walk him daily, I don't fit any of the criteria for the rescue centres for a dog like him. I fear that if I lose him, I'll have to go down the private route as the rescue organisations will see my circumstances and age as unsuitable for a large, powerful dog.
I have a very loving 9year old husky cross who's a big boy. He came to me at 9 months old as a nervy and unsocialised puppy,and slowly, over time, with a lot of love, patience and letting him calmly do things in his own time, he became the happy and loving companion that he is. My point is I'm 66, live in a small house with a small garden, although I take him everywhere, and walk him daily, I don't fit any of the criteria for the rescue centres for a dog like him. I fear that if I lose him, I'll have to go down the private route as the rescue organisations will see my circumstances and age as unsuitable for a large, powerful dog. mummsey
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Thu 12 Jun 14

lovemygrey says...

If you are stupid enough to part with money to buy a pup you have never seen you deserve to lose every penny of it. No pup should be bought without seeing where it comes from. This is why puppy mills are still going because people are too lazy to check. Personally I would adopt from a rescue like I did with my dog
If you are stupid enough to part with money to buy a pup you have never seen you deserve to lose every penny of it. No pup should be bought without seeing where it comes from. This is why puppy mills are still going because people are too lazy to check. Personally I would adopt from a rescue like I did with my dog lovemygrey
  • Score: 6

10:32pm Thu 12 Jun 14

cycastic says...

christy101 wrote:
I used to think adopting a pet through a charity/rescue place was the best option, until we actually tried to adopt a puppy or young dog! We were asked a series of increasingly personal and invasive questions, and whilst I agree checks should be made beforehand, I don't see what more we could have done. We were refused on the grounds that "we might have children someday and they might turn out to be allergic to animal fur". My husband and myself are 28 and 33, financially secure and have a house in a quiet part of town with lots of space to walk a dog-and no plans to ever have children!
I'm sorry you had this experience - why not talk to a different rescue? There are piles of them, suitable for every type of home. Sometimes rescue volunteers who have just had a bad experience with a dog that was returned will make silly rules, but if you are a good home, there are plenty of excellent rescues who will be delighted to talk to you.

Ruling out adoption from a rescue on the basis of one bad experience is a bit like going to one greengrocer, then because they were rude, swearing never to visit another high street shop. Rescues are as different as shops.
[quote][p][bold]christy101[/bold] wrote: I used to think adopting a pet through a charity/rescue place was the best option, until we actually tried to adopt a puppy or young dog! We were asked a series of increasingly personal and invasive questions, and whilst I agree checks should be made beforehand, I don't see what more we could have done. We were refused on the grounds that "we might have children someday and they might turn out to be allergic to animal fur". My husband and myself are 28 and 33, financially secure and have a house in a quiet part of town with lots of space to walk a dog-and no plans to ever have children![/p][/quote]I'm sorry you had this experience - why not talk to a different rescue? There are piles of them, suitable for every type of home. Sometimes rescue volunteers who have just had a bad experience with a dog that was returned will make silly rules, but if you are a good home, there are plenty of excellent rescues who will be delighted to talk to you. Ruling out adoption from a rescue on the basis of one bad experience is a bit like going to one greengrocer, then because they were rude, swearing never to visit another high street shop. Rescues are as different as shops. cycastic
  • Score: 5

10:37pm Thu 12 Jun 14

cycastic says...

christy101 wrote:
I used to think adopting a pet through a charity/rescue place was the best option, until we actually tried to adopt a puppy or young dog! We were asked a series of increasingly personal and invasive questions, and whilst I agree checks should be made beforehand, I don't see what more we could have done. We were refused on the grounds that "we might have children someday and they might turn out to be allergic to animal fur". My husband and myself are 28 and 33, financially secure and have a house in a quiet part of town with lots of space to walk a dog-and no plans to ever have children!
I'm sorry you had this experience - why not talk to a different rescue? There are piles of them, suitable for every type of home. Sometimes rescue volunteers who have just had a bad experience with a dog that was returned will make silly rules, but if you are a good home, there are plenty of excellent rescues who will be delighted to talk to you.

Ruling out adoption from a rescue on the basis of one bad experience is a bit like going to one greengrocer, then because they were rude, swearing never to visit another high street shop. Rescues are as different as shops.
[quote][p][bold]christy101[/bold] wrote: I used to think adopting a pet through a charity/rescue place was the best option, until we actually tried to adopt a puppy or young dog! We were asked a series of increasingly personal and invasive questions, and whilst I agree checks should be made beforehand, I don't see what more we could have done. We were refused on the grounds that "we might have children someday and they might turn out to be allergic to animal fur". My husband and myself are 28 and 33, financially secure and have a house in a quiet part of town with lots of space to walk a dog-and no plans to ever have children![/p][/quote]I'm sorry you had this experience - why not talk to a different rescue? There are piles of them, suitable for every type of home. Sometimes rescue volunteers who have just had a bad experience with a dog that was returned will make silly rules, but if you are a good home, there are plenty of excellent rescues who will be delighted to talk to you. Ruling out adoption from a rescue on the basis of one bad experience is a bit like going to one greengrocer, then because they were rude, swearing never to visit another high street shop. Rescues are as different as shops. cycastic
  • Score: 2

6:35pm Fri 13 Jun 14

louisehaig says...

stfcdod wrote:
This story is almost unbelievable.
This woman did everything you shouldnt when adding a dog to your family. Never buy a puppy if you havent seen it first, never buy a puppy if you havent seen it with its mother, never hand over cash via bank transfer to pay for anything.... This woman is either stupid or very naive....
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: This story is almost unbelievable.[/p][/quote]This woman did everything you shouldnt when adding a dog to your family. Never buy a puppy if you havent seen it first, never buy a puppy if you havent seen it with its mother, never hand over cash via bank transfer to pay for anything.... This woman is either stupid or very naive.... louisehaig
  • Score: 0

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