As usual Facebook are unable to police their site by themselves. They rely on users to do it for them. And guess what, users don’t report abuses to Facebook administration because they like these pages or can’t be bothered probably because they know that another group will pop up as soon as one is closed.
There is a sad story in the online news media about a certain Erin Chaneaux who advertised a Maine Coon mix for sale on Facebook. She promised that the kitten was healthy and that the cat came with the usual shots. A person named Gullekson believed it and voila..he bought a very sick almost dead kitten which cost $1000 to keep alive. He spent the money because he had become attached to his cat and who wouldn’t.
He picked the cat up at 355 Prairewood Circle, Fargo from a person claiming to be Erin’s brother. When Gullekson asked Erin for help telling her his cat (Lenni) was sick she blocked him and abandoned him. Surprised? Of course not.
It is bad. Facebook can do good but so often as in this example does bad. Gullekson went through a very upsetting time.
“I told the little guy when I got him, because he was in kinda rough shape, ‘I don’t care if you’re a little rat cat, you’re my cat now.’ I just told him, ‘No matter what happens, we’re kinda in it together.”
He reached out to Animal Control and the police but they weren’t bothered and in any case it is not a criminal matter. It is a contractual matter: misrepresentation and breach of contract. You’ll never sue the seller though because you have no idea who they are or where they are.
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