A Gwinnett County woman and her father said they were shortchanged when they sold a puppy to a stranger.
They now face felony charges for taking matters into their own hands, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Jessica Joppa told Channel 2 she was shorted about $700 when she sold the last of her five Siberian Husky puppies Wednesday.
“She threw my puppy into her vehicle ... and like I’m opening the envelope (with money in it), and she slams the door and drives off,” Joppa told Channel 2.
Joppa reported the incident to Snellville police, but then she turned to social media to attempt to track down the person who bought her puppy named Crescent, the news station reported.
On Thursday morning, Joppa and her father, Joe Korn, tracked the buyers to a Lawrenceville parking lot.
“She is screaming she doesn’t know about a puppy,” Joppa said. “She doesn’t know about a dog (but) at this time my puppy is crawling from the back seat of her car to the front seat of the car.”
From there, police and Joppa gave different accounts of what happened.
Joppa and Korn said they blocked the buyer’s car in the lot, grabbed the dog and were attacked, Channel 2 reported.
However, Gwinnett County police charged Joppa with entering a vehicle and battery, and Korn faces a false imprisonment charge, according to Gwinnett County Jail records.
Police gave Crescent back to the buyer, but Joppa and Korn said they plan to file civil complaints, Channel 2 reported.
Both have bonded out of the Gwinnett County Jail, according to records. Korn’s bond was $1,850 and Joppa’s was $3,150.
Snellville police said they don’t have enough evidence to prove the buyer did anything wrong, and Gwinnett police are investigating the incident, Channel 2 reported.
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