A Mechanicsburg couple lost $7,500 and their puppies when the checks they were paid for the dogs turned out to be fake.
Tom and Adele Throne said they placed a newspaper ad to sell three English bulldog puppies at $2,500 each and agreed to meet a buyer at the Lancaster-Lebanon Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Feb. 1.
The buyer, who identified himself as Paul Brown of Philadelphia, paid with two certified cashier's checks, but after the Thrones deposited the checks their bank notified them that the checks were bogus and the account number was invalid.
The whereabouts of the dogs are unknown. The couple are worried about the safety of the dogs.
"They don't have any tolerance for extreme cold or extreme heat, so if they are exposed to the cold they could very easily die," Tom Throne said.
The two males and a female are mostly white with very few spots and have microchip implants.
The males were implanted with the registration numbers AVID019324580 and AVID019304870 and the female microchip number is AVID019367293.