Dog breeder sued by woman who claims security dog died within week of purchase

Kyle Barnett Aug. 7, 2012, 12:45am

DONALDSONVILLE – An Ascension Parish woman has filed suit against a Washington state dog breeder after a security dog she purchased allegedly died within a week.

Toni Bessonet filed suit against Kraftwerk K-9, Inc. in the 23rd Judicial District Court on Aug. 3.

Bessonet claims Kraftwerk K-9 sold her a dog for protection purposes. The plaintiff claims she purchased a dog named Oleg from the defendant for $18,000 with a stipulation that the dog could be returned for any reason within a 72-hour period and for a medical condition within a 10 day period. Bessonet asserts that after she took possession of the dog on June 18, 2012 she had the dog examined at a local veterinary clinic who found Oleg suffered from hip dysplasia and that the dog did not meet the standard of security the defendant claimed. Shortly after receiving Oleg's diagnosis the plaintiff claims to have contacted the defendant with a letter of amicable demand and received no response.

Bessonet alleges that on July 1, 2012 she boarded the dog at an animal hospital where he died from an unknown intestinal condition.

The defendant is accused of knowing of the intestinal condition and not divulging it to the plaintiff, representing the dog had abilities and qualities he did not possess, misrepresenting the dog's medical condition and breach of contract.

Damages in the amount of $18,000 plus an unspecified amount for medical evaluation and costs and inconvenience and stress are requested by the plaintiff.

Bessonet is represented by Gonzales-based attorney Jeffrey Michael Heggelund.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Jessie Leblanc.

Case no. 104461.

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