Cases:

ID: 3309
Date Submitted: 8/8/2007
Breed: Maltese
Date Purchased: 6/22/2007
Broker:  Unknown
Petshop:  Pawfect Puppies
Details: Within just a few hours of picking up my puppy she was constantly scratching and biting at her skin especially her hind legs and tail. I took her to the Vet two days later where I found out she tested positive for Giardia and coccidiosis. She also had a skin condition which took several visits to the same vet as well as different vets for second opinions. Her condition was hard to diagnose because of her size and her skin being like paper. My dog was finally diagnosed with Sarcoptic mange. She has suffered greatly due to this condition. Her hind legs are missing all hair. She has undergone skin graphs and has been on many medications since I've gotten her in hopes of healing her condition.


Breeder:

Name: Christine McConnell
DBA: 
Address: 186 Groveland Dr.
City: Albany
County: 
State: GA
Zip: 31705

Miscellaneous:
This breeder appears to be unlicensed by USDA.  There is a possibility that the breeder has recently been licensed and is not yet appearing on public record or the breeder may be exempt from licensing.  I will continue to monitor this breeder for any further activity.  In the meantime, if you feel your puppy was sold illegally, you can contact USDA to have the matter investigated.  A sample complaint form can be found at http://www.petshoppuppies.com/fac.htm

Phone number for breeder is: (229) 776-5112

Note, by Googling the phone number, I found NUMEROUS ads running the the Albany Herald for Yorkie puppies.  She is selling them at 6 1/2 weeks of age.  I highly recommend that you file a complaint with USDA, as it is likely she exceeds 3 female breeding dogs, and therefore MUST be licensed and inspected by USDA in order to sell puppies through brokers and pet stores.  Also note that Sarcoptic mange is often associated with filthy breeding conditions.  With the Southeast, as well as much of the nation, under severe heat warnings, PROMPT action on your part may save many dogs if this breeder indeed is keeping dogs in horrible conditions.  You might try finding a Humane Society in Albany and see if they are legally able to check out a breeder.  Some states allow Humane Societies to look into complaints and then to notify law enforcement if needed.