Lost Pets Sold Through Craigslist 5/15/13
May 15, 2013
Odessa - A member of a local organization created to help reunite lost pets with their owners is said to have been taking in some of the pets then selling them through Craigslist. On May 7th Odessa resident Brittni Windham found a pit bull, and as a pet lover she set out to find the dogs owner. Windham turned to Petspotters where thousands of residents help bring lost dogs home.
Windham received a text message from Amber Couch reading, “I’m from Petspotters, I seen your post, I can hold her until the owners are found.”
But according to Windham that’s not what happened, just two days after she turned over the dog to former Petspotters volunteer Amber Couch, the dog was posted on Craigslist for sale.
“I can’t believe that people would go out and take stray dogs and sell them on Craigslist for their own profit. That’s just wrong and you should be ashamed of yourself and she said she doesn’t care,” said Windham.
Windham has been in contact with Couch since the beginning but when we tried to reach out to her, the number was disconnected. We also spoke to the main administrator of Petspotters, who declined to comment, but has posted on Facebook that Couch has been removed as an admin for the page. She goes on to say that they do not condone selling lost animals. “Selling found dogs is the issue and will not be tolerated. Not generally something most people do – but some people are just untrustworthy.”
“Petspotters had no clue that this was going on, she was very, very upset that that happened with her site, you trust somebody to help you out with a good cause and then they turn around and use it to their advantage and burn other people,” said Windham.
We were able to get in contact with Couch’s spokesperson, who sent us this statement:
“Amber couch is not a con artist and has a genuine love for animals she has re homed some pets for a fee but is not profiting off of this she has given away many pets and taken in many who would have other wise been euthanized she has never asked for charitable donations or claimed to be a charity or rescue service. She has done this out of the kindness of her heart and has not been given a chance in these groups to defend her self she has had false accusations made on her including a bogus call to ector county sheriff's department yesterday stating that she had 50 pit bulls on her property. The call was responded to and found to be untrue as she has 5 dogs currently none of which are even pit bulls.”