There are some people who just shouldn’t be parents and there are some people who shouldn’t be allowed near animals. These are the people who feel the need to abuse innocent animals without feeling an ounce of guilt about it.
Gustavo Gonzalez is one of these people. After selling puppies that were infected with parvo to customers for several hundred dollars each, several of the dogs died. When Fox 11 approached Gonzalez about his terrible crime, he promised them that he would stop selling the dogs. This happened on two occasions. And to make matters worse, Gonzalez not only kept selling the pups but he expanded his business and added French bulldogs to the list of breeds he was selling from his home in Hermosa Beach. And he doesn’t charge a small amount for the ill pups. The majority of them sell upwards of $5000.
One woman decided to come forward and contact Fox 11 after she purchased a french bulldog puppy from Gonzalez at a Hermosa Beach park for $2,500 and later discovered the pup was horribly ill. She learned about the pups in an ad that Gonzalez placed in the paper.
“We had her for just a few hours, she started having diarrhea, overnight it got worse,” the woman said. “And then early in the morning it became bloody, she stopped eating, she wouldn’t drink or eat anything.”
After taking the pup to a vet, she was told that he most likely had parvo. She immediately called Gonzalez and had him pick the pup up.
“I was flabbergasted, very upset at this point, knowing that he knowingly sold us a puppy that had been exposed to other sick puppies,” she said. “About fifteen minutes after he hung up, we got a call from my bank saying that he was there trying to cash our check. They asked if we wanted to allow it, and I said absolutely not!”
After Gonzalez came to get the sick dog, the woman googled him and saw the previous stories about him on Fox 11.
“Oh my God, was he trying to do this to us?” she said.
Fox 11 took over from there and they sent undercover producers out to bust him once again.
In the video below you can see reporter Bill Melugin and a producer meeting up with Gonzalez after they inquire about the puppy ad. When they meet up with him in the Hermosa Beach Park, Gonzalez is accompanied by a new business partner.
One of the Fox 11 investigators starts out by saying…
“So you told us previously that you weren’t going to do this anymore.”
The video includes the past interactions he had with Fox 11 where he flat-out says that he is done selling the dogs. But after changing his name, he was back at it just a month later. Fox 11 busted him a second time.
Apparently, Gonzalez would not answer calls or refund the money to the victims.
Now, for the third time…Gonzalez admitted that he didn’t have his breeder license but he was not selling sick dogs. The man who was accompanying Gonzalez claimed that the puppies could’ve gotten parvo from the new owner’s backyard.