Friday, April 22, 2016

Senior Marine Veteran Scammed Out of Puppy

Lonely marine veteran conned out of hundreds by slick ad offering companion dog
The News Hearld
By Jackie Harrison-Martin
April 21, 2016

It could happen to anyone, but in this particular instance it just so happened to one of the country’s most respected — a Brownstown Township military veteran.

Stuart Smith of Brownstown Township, a former marine, was heartbroken when he was scammed out of $750 for a companion dog. He now has a new dog, Bailey, and couldn’t be happier. Photos courtesy of Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith is a 69-year-old retired marine and at a time when he was most vulnerable, just days after having to put down his English bulldog, he was scammed out of hundreds of dollars trying to get a new companion.

“I was going crazy without a dog,” Smith, who has some disabilities and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, said. “I’ve always had a dog.”

In fact, Smith has had a dog for the past 30 years. He’s lived alone since the 1990s and his dog has been his sole companion. After two days without a pet around to walk with and talk to, Smith took to the Internet.
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