Haswell, who regularly rescues dogs and farm animals, wasn’t too surprised by the ad. She often sees dogs and puppies being advertised for sale online — although this was the first time she saw an ad trying to swap a puppy for a phone.
To make the situation worse, the puppy was only 14 weeks old.
“It saddened me that she was in this position of having no value as a loved, living being,” Haswell said. “Commonly these puppies are bought and then re-advertised for sale weeks later.”
Haswell’s friend didn’t waste a minute — she got in touch with the seller and asked for the puppy, who is now named Possum. While she had to front some cash to get Possum, she refused to pay the full price of an iPhone.