A Bryan man was arrested earlier this week after police say he sold people diseased puppies and refused to pay for needed veterinary care.
According to Bryan police, officers had received complaints from at least three people who said dog breeder John Adam Chavarria, 52, had sold them sick puppies, didn't honor written adoption contracts and swindled them out of money.
The victims said puppies purchased from Chavarria suffered ailments such as worms, intestinal diseases, hip dysplasia, fleas and ear mites. The owners also said they did not receive American Kennel Club paperwork as promised, and certain dogs did not come vaccinated or microchipped, which was also promised.
One woman said she had given Chavarria $800 for a puppy, but was told by the breeder that the dog had been run over and killed. She said she never received a refund.
Chavarria has been arrested earlier this year for three counts of animal hoarding. A warrant was issued for Chavarria in August, charging him with four counts of deceptive business practice and one count of misdemeanor theft. A sheriff's deputy was able to locate Chavarria this week and arrest him.
Deceptive business practice in this case is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. He is being held in the Brazos County Jail on $18,000 bond.