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6 months ago we contacted the breeder of our last 2 vizslas to get on her list for a puppy. She required a $500 deposit and said her wait list was long - could be 6-12 months+. We accepted that since we have been happy with her dogs.

We have been contacting her every few months with little response. 2 weeks ago we finally reached her and she said she is retiring and no longer breeding. We asked about our deposit and she said “deposits are usually not refundable”.

that doesn’t seem right since she didn’t deliver. Do we have a recourse?
 

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6 months ago we contacted the breeder of our last 2 vizslas to get on her list for a puppy. She required a $500 deposit and said her wait list was long - could be 6-12 months+. We accepted that since we have been happy with her dogs.

We have been contacting her every few months with little response. 2 weeks ago we finally reached her and she said she is retiring and no longer breeding. We asked about our deposit and she said “deposits are usually not refundable”.

that doesn’t seem right since she didn’t deliver. Do we have a recourse?
How did you pay her? PayPal? Zelle? Personal check?

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Definitely unethical and not normal

Legally, not sure you have much of a recourse if there is no contract and even if there is you'd need to be prepared to take her to small claims court to recoup
 
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Verbal because we had dealt with her before on puppy purchases in 1996 and 2009
Get a lawyer* or take the loss. I'm sorry to hear this....But if she was any moral decent person they would have refunded you for services/ products not rendered. Good luck and keep us up to date.

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Refund of deposit are normally spelled out in the contract. This is to protect the breeder, if someone backs out at the last minute. A breeder that decides to stop breeding, should return all deposits. I know you don’t have a signed contract for this deposit, but do you still have a copy of the previous ones?
 

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This is very unscrupulous and what a rotten person this "ex" breeder is. Karma will get her don't worry!

Otherwise, I'm sure she figures she can get away with it because going to court over $500 isn't worth the effort and legal fees/costs for most people. Small claims court is your only real recourse here, and even that takes time and energy to pursue all for a chance of not winning because it will be your word versus hers if there was not a signed contract. Also, even if you had a signed contract , if the business entity she operated under is dissolved (most likely is), there would be no $$ left for the court order to be paid out.
 

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Thank you, everyone, for your input. We will just have to eat this one, though we now know we should get something in writing in the future if we put down a deposit. We’re just shocked and disappointed in this breeder.
 

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Thank you, everyone, for your input. We will just have to eat this one, though we now know we should get something in writing in the future if we put down a deposit. We’re just shocked and disappointed in this breeder.
Make sure you also go through a reputable breeder. There has been so many puppy scams since Covid started.
 

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You are right. The deposit is non-refundable if you were to no longer want a puppy. You can take her to small claims court (representing yourself) and you would win. Let her know that if she does not return the funds immediately this is what you will do and she will be responsible for the court fees in addition to the $500.00 Honestly this is outrageous. She is scamming you.
 
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