Bastarache and Yung plan to keep their faux-hairless kittens, but are hoping others can avoid falling for the scam as well. Due to the nature of their transactions via Kijiji, tracking down the fraudulent seller (or sellers) has proven fruitless.
The Alberta SPCA, meanwhile, has launched an investigation - but warns that more kittens could fall victim before potential pet purchasers catch on to the dangers.
"The alleged abuse of these animals was motivated by money," Roland Lines, the SPCA's communications manager, said in a release. "Sphynx cats typically sell for more than $1,000 each. Because enough people are willing to meet in a parking lot to exchange money for animals, the counterfeiter can expect to get away with the deception."