CASPER, Wyo. — Investigators are saying that a person claiming to be a dog breeder, who took nearly $900 from a Natrona County resident, was likely a fraud.
Natrona County Sheriff’s Office officials say that they were contacted by the Natrona County resident, who claimed they had sent nearly $600 to a dog breeder for a corgi puppy. The money was allegedly sent on December 21, 2019.
The accuser in the case says that they met the breeder through an online corgi resource. The name and address of the website were listed in Sheriff’s Department paperwork, however the website showed up as currently non-existent, when sought out by Oil City Reporters.
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The accuser in the case went on to say after sending the suspect $595 for the corgi puppy, the suspect claimed that there were issues with the shipping, and that they wanted the Natrona County resident to help cover the shipping costs.
When the accuser refused to pay the shipping, the suspects claimed that the Natrona County person would be charged with puppy abandonment, and that they should seek out a lawyer. The accuser also claimed to get phone calls from a person claiming to be a shipping agent, asking the accuser to send money for shipping costs.
After numerous contacts, the Natrona County resident claimed to send an additional $300 to ship the corgi puppy. The dog did not arrive by the afternoon of December 23, 2019; when the incident was reported to investigators.
Natrona County Sheriff’s officials report contacting breeders and law enforcement in North Carolina, where the suspect was said to have been operating. Neither the police nor the breeders had heard of the breeder or business that the Natrona County person had been dealing with.
Sheriff’s investigators say they believe the North Carolina breeder to be a scam.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.