Pet leasing’s hidden fees could lead to repossession

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Similar to a car, you can actually lease pets. It’s a reality that Massachusetts pet owners found out after they began making payments on their puppies.

Tammy Harrington and her daughter Savanna Derby lost their dog in a car accident. To fix that broken heart, they headed to The Puppy Place in Springfield, Massachusetts and fell in love with Buttercup and Leila.

The two Shih Tzus cost over $3,000, so when the pet store offered a financing option, they signed up without reading the fine print.

It’s a practice known as pet leasing, but many shoppers don’t know the details, or the hidden costs.

The lease agreement clearly stated that if Savanna wanted to own her dogs, it would cost her over $6,000, more than double if she’d paid up front. However, the pet store never gave her any paperwork.

The pet store could not be reached for comment. It has now closed.

Like a car being repossessed, they said they had no choice but to turn Buttercup and Leila over to the Dakin Humane Society.

However, the story has a very happy ending.

Learn about how everyone got reunited again by watching the video.