TOLEDO -- At the age of 71, "it was just very lonely," Martha Murray says about living by herself at this stage in her life.
Thinking a dog would be a wonderful companion, she bought Anita, a Doberman Pincher puppy she found through an ad in the Toledo Blade.
"He sounded like he had good pups," Murray says about the breeder from whom she bought Anita.
But the problem is that she's had Anita for just two weeks -- two very long, very sick weeks.
"She had a bowel infection, she had worms, she had abnormal muscular structure," Murray laments.
Murray's been back and forth to the vet -- and the bills are stacking up. She says she called the breeder to let him know but "I've called five times and my granddaughter has called once and he refuses to answer our calls," she says, adding, "I'm on a fixed income."
Needing help, she contacted Call 11 for Action problem solver Mika Highsmith.
After paying close to $1,000 for the dog, she says she just can't afford additional expenses. And she worries about losing the dog, too.
"I'm concerned I'm going to get attached to her and she's going to have to be put down," Murray says.
Well, Murray's lucky. The breeder is cooperating and will give Murray her money back in exchange for the puppy. (Hopefully, that attachment hadn't yet taken place.)
Here are some tips for those interested in buying dogs:
- Make sure you're dealing with a responsible breeder
- Let a veterinarian check out the dog
More tips are available on these web sites: