You have to be a special sort of evil to steal a puppy from a sick child, but that’s exactly what this internet scam did to Leart Dervishaj.
The 6-year-old suffers from a rare form of dwarfism; doctors say he likely has only a few years left. That’s why his mom Rezarta wanted to do something special for his kindergarten graduation.
So she went online and found a puppy, something Leart had always wanted. “I got some dog bones and a bed,” he told reporters after the incident. “I love dogs. He might run and play with me.”
Unfortunately, the entire thing was a setup. Rezarta transferred $1,400 to the company that was supposed to arrange to have the dog flown from Georgia to New Jersey, but after two days of getting the runaround, she finally realized she’d been taken advantage of.
Rezarta filed a police report, but tracking down the scammers has been difficult. All attempts to contact the “company” have been unsuccessful. They’ve disconnected their phone number and changed their profile information on Facebook.
Still, there is a silver lining to all. Following the heartbreak and given the outpouring of support for Leart once the story got out, the family set up a GoFundMe page that’s so far raised over $2,000. Leart will get his puppy.
Proof again that the world is a good place.
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