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Dog's 'debt' nearly sends owner, Jo, barking mad

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

  • PICTURE OF INNOCENCE: Freddie — the dog with a debt — and (inset) playing on the beach with owner Jo Hart, from Paignton

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A PAIGNTON pet owner may be needing a Rover-draft after she was sent a debt collection notice addressed to her DOG.

Jo Hart couldn't believe her eyes when she opened a letter addressed to her greyhound Freddie to find it was a notice of debt collection for £34.38 for fees owed to eBay.

Jo, 31, returned home from a weekend away in London on Monday to find a letter addressed to a Freddie Hart. The only Freddie in the house is her pooch.

She said: "I thought it must be from the vets or something but when I opened it, it was a from debt collection agency.

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"I thought maybe someone is taking out debts in my dog's name so I contacted them straight away."

But she says when she phoned the company she was told because of data protection they couldn't discuss the matter with anyone but Freddie Hart.

"I said that wouldn't be happening any time soon as he was a dog."

"The letter says the debt is to do with eBay. It must just be completely wrong.

"I do some Ebay but I pay all my fees by PayPal. It is all very bizarre. If they could give me a reasonable explanation of how this could have happened I wouldn't mind but they can't."

She fired off an email of complaint but said it is a worry that she cannot seem to resolve the matter and hopes the debt will not increase.

She added: "I spoke to eBay and they said there is nothing outstanding on my account."

Now Jo says she might have to start mounting a night time watch on Freddie to check he is not taking to the computer.

"I am just wondering what Freddie is getting up to when I'm not around! He is quite a cheeky little chap but very loveable. Most people know him around here and make a fuss of him."

Jo has had two-year-old Freddie for a year after re-homing him from a greyhound rescue centre.

A spokesman for Transcom said they had been made aware of the situation and were no longer dealing with the debt.

"The matter has been handed back to our clients, eBay," she said.

A spokesman for online marketplace eBay said: "We're concerned to hear about this. We will get back to Mrs Hart once we've investigated.

Freddie and Jo will be raising money for rescued greyhounds at a Sighthound world record dog walk event at Escot Park on Sunday.

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