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Ferrets on steroids being sold as poodles

Posted on Friday, 12 April, 2013 | Comment icon 30 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A bazaar in Argentina has been caught selling 'dogs' that turned out to be not quite as expected.

According to a recent report, a man from Catamarca purchased two toy poodle dogs at a discounted price and took them home, only to discover following a visit to the vets that the dogs were actually a species of rodent that had been pumped up on steroids. The animals had even been specially groomed to make their coats resemble the appearance of a poodle.

Previously thought to be an urban myth, the sale of expensive dogs in less-than-reputable marketplaces has been on the rise with sales of animals worth $1000 for bargain prices of $75 or less being facilitated by the use of drugged rats and ferrets made up to look like dogs.

"Gullible bargain hunters at Argentina's largest bazaar are forking out hundreds of dollars for what they think are gorgeous toy poodles, only to discover that their cute pooch is in fact a ferret pumped up on steroids."

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Comment icon #21 Posted by coolguy on 13 April, 2013, 1:55
Very sad that this guy did this to these animals.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Timonthy on 13 April, 2013, 2:50
How stupid would you have to be to not realise they're not poodles... The ferrets wouldn't care about the steroids because they're ripped!!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Ugly1 on 13 April, 2013, 10:31
You guys obviously haven't been to veterinary school. All I ever hear on this site is FAKE FAKE. I'm sure next you are going to tell me that this isn't a rat terrier I bought.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Lava_Lady on 13 April, 2013, 19:39
That is one buff rat... terrier. I bet he's brilliant.
Comment icon #25 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 13 April, 2013, 22:27
WTF how can you not tell a dog from a rodent I think the rodent sellers must have watched that southpark episode where they all think Butters is a dog.
Comment icon #26 Posted by puckmomma on 14 April, 2013, 3:58
It would have been more cleaver of a scam if he didn't get caught. What's the matter with the world today. How do you even go through the thought process of deciding that selling a ferret as a dog can actually be a good idea.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Timonthy on 14 April, 2013, 4:14
It's all about the $$$$$ puckmomma!!
Comment icon #28 Posted by WoIverine on 14 April, 2013, 5:33
That's a good question. Reminds me of the old lady in those zombie stories who always goes back to save her "little fifi" lol. I had a ferret when I was younger, he was the last one at the pet store...and he had been eating all the other ferret's food. He was definitely not on steroids but he was pushing 6lbs! Which is pretty big for a male. Little dude was stocky and he ran like a linebacker. Watching him run across the room with my work boot (which was bigger than he was) was always hillarious.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Lava_Lady on 14 April, 2013, 20:50
I would. They're cute I their natural state. The standards were bred to be water retrievers and the toys can be just as Fun if that's the essay you train them. Unfortunately it's the owners of such dogs that make them neurotic by carrying them around in bags or baby carriages and dress them in silly ribbons and ridiculous hair cuts. Dogs are dogs no matter what shape, size, breed. They should be allowed to run, bark, chase things and generally be a productive member of the pack. Not just purse candy... In this case I feel sorry for the ferrets. Poor things had to go ... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by acute on 15 April, 2013, 13:22
It's amazing how gullible some people can be! These are clearly not poodles, rodents, or ferrets — they are giant pandas that have been filed down and painted.

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