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BITTEN BY A DOG ADOPTION; PENMAN INVESTIGATES.

Another distressing tale about Pawprints2Freedom reaches me.

I've previously told how animal lovers have paid this lot to adopt rescue dogs brought from Romania, only to discover some have previously undisclosed medical conditions.

Kathryn Davis from Chatham, Kent, paid PS255 to adopt a fivemonth-old puppy called Milo after Pawprints advertised him as "Friendly with other dogs and humans, playful and funny".

There was mention of an eye problem but this had apparently been sorted: "He is as healthy as can be!", they said.

In fact, Milo has very serious behavioural issues.

"He bit me again this morning and my legs are now covered in bruising bites," read one of the messages Kathryn sent to Pawprints after the adoption.

"I've tried everything, I've researched online but nothing is working.

"I'm really scared of him getting near my two-year-old as he's unpredictable."

In another message she wrote: "I'm not getting any support and I'm very angry now.

"I have a vicious dog that bites and I cannot afford the PS800 for reactive training."

Without help from Pawprints, who would not take Milo back, she felt she had no choice but to take him to a shelter.

Pawprints have not got back to me, but it has organised a small campaign of emails from people claiming to be happy clients.

I'm not sure what the point of this is meant to be - there might be some happy clients but this isn't any consolation for people like Kathryn.

None of the senders of these messages have included a postal address and several call Pawprints a charity.

It isn't. It is not even a limited company, meaning that its finances are entirely opaque, and it operates out of a virtual office.

ASK THE EXPERT

After watching This Morning and the item on Gordon Ramsay making money from Bitcoin trading, I thought I would try it, but I was scammed. Can you help?

Penman says:

Gordon Ramsay has been on This Morning with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, but he never spoke about any form of cryptocurrency or foreign exchange investment scheme.

What you saw was a fake news website that carried a story claiming Gordon Ramsay had appeared on the show and boasted about how he'd bought his ninth Ferrari after making millions through Bitcoin trading. Anyone clicking on the links in the story would have been directed to websites in Estonia and Bulgaria.

There's some hope of a refund from your bank if you paid by credit card, otherwise I doubt there's any way of recovering your investment.

Needless to say, these overseas sites are not registered with the Financial Conduct Authority so you have no recourse to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

'' I now have a vicious dog and can't afford PS800 for training it

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DANGER Milo was sold as 'playful'

NO TRADE Gordon on This Morning

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2019
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