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Doesn't this sound odd?

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So I've been looking at getting a mini poodle brother for Ponki for many months now. And I've ran into some very interesting breeders and I've learned a lot.
But today I came accross a breeder who has a contract that seems all good and well... it has the basic stuff like the puppy will be returned to the breeder/it needs to be taken to the vet within 4 days of purchase etc. etc.
But then I get to the end of the contract and it states that if the purchaser does not comply with the contract they agree to pay the breeder $1500....

7.If above conditions are not met the purchaser will pay $1500.00 to
Does this seem odd to anyone... or is it just me?
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I managed a humane society in Bismarck for 4 years and we had a clause similar to that in our contract (which was drawn up and approved by our attorney). The purpose of that clause (for us, anyway) was to ensure spay/neuter and humane treatment. We wanted adopters to know that if they chose to not have them sterilized or to neglect or mistreat their pets and we were made aware of it, they would pay us a certain amount (I think ours was, like, $500). The problem with a clause like that is, unless someone reports abuse or neglect, we'd likely never know about it - and it was our dearest desire that every pet we adopted out went to responsible people (but sometimes they can be sneaky that way!)

We would never pursue it unless an animal was truly being abused or neglected (late or poor groomings wouldn't be an issue, but to let a dog get matted to the point of constant pain would have been a cause for concern, for example) And even then we probably would have tried to work with the owner, providing additional education and resources before taking legal action. Sometimes it was just a case of being uneducated rather than malicious intent.

Does the contract say you HAVE to return the dog to the breeder if you can't keep it, or does it give you an option to place the dog with another home with the breeder's permission? That's how our contract read at the humane society - we insisted the pet come back to us UNLESS we were able to approve a re-homing into a new family. It's a lot less stressful for a pet to go from one loving home into another loving home rather than making a "pit-stop" back at the shelter (or in this case the breeder's home) and then having to readjust AGAIN when a new home is found...

I would think that if the breeder is reasonable, that clause would ONLY be used in extremely rare cases when one of her dogs is actually being abused/mistreated/neglected, etc... and if the owner is responsible they shouldn't fear signing it because they know that would never happen anyway...

Good luck!!

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The clause mentions that puppies may only be returned to the breeder and the breeder will rehome the puppy.
I get where you are coming from, but what guarantee do you have that the breeder will only use this in rare cases? I've met some really weird and crazy people in my search for the right breeder. (not to say this breeder is)
I just thought it was really odd that you pay for your pup and then again if she feels it doesn't get the right treatment....working as a animal activist I know people's views of what is cruel and what is not can vary extensively.
You're right... there is no guarantee, but my original post said IF the breeder is a reasonable person (and as you say there are some really weird and crazy people - and, sad to say, ESPECIALLY in the animal world!) You see - I consider myself a "reasonable" person and the humane society I managed had a similar clause (not $1500, more like $500 I think) and I remember only "threatening" to take legal action a couple of times, and each time it was the spay/neuter issue - it wasn't something that happened frequently... I guess that's where I get the "rare cases" inference.

You need to go with your "gut", and don't do anything that doesn't feel right!

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