My Dalmatian, Jolie, was rescued from a backyard breeder in 2004. She was emaciated and flea infested.
I belong to the Dalmatian Lovers! group on Facebook, where those of us smitten by spots share photos, videos and stories of our Dallys. A few days ago, one concerned member posted a “Preloved” classified ad for a six-month-old deaf female Dalmatian in the UK. The accompanying photo showed a neglected dog in a filthy outdoor kennel. A local good samaritan inquired about her and was horrified to learn that the seller had many other dogs in similar straits for sale.
The next day, she picked up the Dalmatian, who in person, was clearly a mix and an adult. The owner said he had gotten her from a friend, and that she had never received vaccinations. Also, she was not deaf—simply independent and untrained!
While I'm glad that this spot is safe, I worry about the other dogs in this man's care and how easily the public can be fooled. The ad claimed that the Dalmatian needed to be rehomed due to a baby, but a description of the premises sounds more like a puppy mill than a private individual's residence. Should online ads be regulated to ensure puppy mills are not selling dogs under false pretenses? If you bought a dog via an online classified ad, did you receive the dog as advertised?
Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’sNew Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.