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I-Team: Puppy seller confronted over selling 'sick' puppies

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LAS VEGAS -- Several Las Vegas families bought puppies from one local family only to watch them die within days from a virus. The people buying the puppies say they have proof the sellers knew their dogs were infected with the deadly parvo virus.

Brian Eggiman just wanted a puppy. His girlfriend Lisa Bartlow found one on Craigslist for $300. They named her Missy, but within two days, Missy had to be euthanized. She had parvo which is a highly contagious virus and nearly always deadly.

"Because if our dog had parvo, I know the other ones did. Sure enough. I placed an ad on Craigslist and I got responses," Bartlow said.

She started receiving pictures of puppies taken just hours before they died.

"How do you tell your son that his puppy just died?" Dana Foskaris said.

She bought the puppy from the same Craiglist seller. Barely holding back tears, her son Thanasi remembers the few hours he spent with his puppy Max. It was Thanasi's 10th birthday.

"We were just in my room. I just petted him for two or three hours," Thanasi Foskaris said.

Michael Smith and his son, Nathan, also bought from the same family on Craigslist.

"To watch that puppy go what she went through, all the way to almost the end was really, really hard," Smith said.

The I-Team met with animal welfare activists who set up a meeting with the puppy sellers. Mohammed Jannati was conducting his puppy business in a store parking lot and unaware the I-Team had a camera watching him. A woman named Stacia Newman, who acted as if she wanted to buy the puppy, asked questions about the dog Jannati brought with him.

"Do you have the parents?" Stacia asked.

"My daughter, she has them," Jannati replied.

At that point, the I-Team approached Jannati to ask him a few simple questions.

I-Team reporter Nathan Baca: "Where are these dogs from?"|

Mohammed Jannati: "What do you mean?"

Baca: "This puppy, where did you get it from?"

Jannati: "I buy it from the people selling it.

Baca: "People selling it from where?"

Jannati: "From Las Vegas."

Eggiman and Bartlow accompanied the I-Team because they wanted to question Jannati about the puppy they bought.

Bartlow: "Why are selling diseased puppies and making them die and breaking people's hearts?"

Jannati: "I don't know what parvo is. What's parvo?"

Bartlow: "Yes you do. People have texted you and told you the puppies are sick and you didn't respond."

When the I-Team questioned Jannati about the puppy he had brought with him, he said he got it from an apartment on Elise Street in North Las Vegas. The I-Team found the address doesn't appear to exist. Also, Jannati changed his story. Before he knew the camera was rolling, he said the puppy came from his daughter.

Since Jannati originally said his daughter was the source of the puppies, the I-Team found her later and asked a few questions.

Baca: "Your father said that he got the puppies from your litter? Do you know anything about that?"

Nahal Jannati: "I don't have any litters, No. I've bought them from other people, in Las Vegas.

Baca: "From who?"

Nahal Jannati: "Breeders. I guess people that work around here that have puppies. I don't breed them myself. I don't have any dogs."

Jannati apologized saying he did not know the puppies were sick with parvo. He also vowed to get out of the business.

"That's it. No more. No more puppies," he said.

He ended up giving the puppy to the animal welfare activists. He had intended to sell the puppy for $300.

"There are regulations here in the state of Nevada, here in Clark County that regulate the sales. One of them is you can not sell a sick animal, period," said Stacia Newman.

The puppy did have an eye infection, but did not have parvo. The puppy is now with a foster family.

Mohammed Jannati wrote to the I-Team a few days ago and said he promises he will never sell puppies again.

The families who bought puppies from him are still pursuing an official complaint with Clark County Animal Control. Those families must now be careful if they plan to get any new dogs because the parvo virus can remain in a home for several months.

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