Rahway, NJ asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey

Q: I purchased a dog via the internet and out of state, but they never delivered the dog. Can I sue?

I paid for the dog the agreed upon price for the dog and shipping. Then, the transportation company said I had to purchase Pet Insurance for nearly $1000. I contacted the seller and he said this was normal and apologized for not mentioning it earlier. I paid that. Then, the transportation company wanted another $900 for crating and COVID vaccination. I refused to pay, but the seller called me and said he would split that fee with me. I paid another $500 and the seller paid $400. Then, "Customs" called saying they needed $1500 for city permit fee. At this point, I'm sure they're scamming me, so I'm not paying any more money, but now I cannot claim the dog (if there ever even was an actual dog). I'm not convinced that all three entities are the same person, and I have a good deal of paperwork, but in hindsight I doubt any of the information is legitimate. My best chance is to track the email addresses to which I sent funds, but I fear I have little recourse. Any advice?

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Leonard R. Boyer
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  • Clifton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: I am sorry about your ordeal, but realistically trying to retain counsel and filing a lawsuit, is not going to be cost effective.

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