Tavarius Williams: Alleged "Dog-Flipper" on the Loose

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Tavarius Williams (center) -- dog-flipper, or dog rescuer who just happens to try to sell a shitload of animals right after adopting them?
One of our alert friends from the animal welfare community just alerted us to a sad story from Tanya Wisler, a Chihuahua breeder in Kingwood, who says she was looking for a forever home for one of her dogs, but the dog wound up in the hands of an alleged dogflipper.

This was the first time we've heard of such a scheme, and here's what Wisler says went down: Earlier this month, she posted on Craigslist, seeking a good home for five-year-old Zydi. Wisler says she was contacted by Tavarius Williams of Atascocita, who claimed to have just had a dog who had passed away. Williams claimed to be looking for a new companion. Wisler says she got a good feeling about Williams, who she says came across as a warm person and a dog lover. (Wisler added that Williams -- her words, not ours -- was a man dressed in women's clothes.)

But Wisler was horrified when, three days later, she found Zydi for sale ($100) on Craigslist.

The seller didn't include a name, but the phone number matched Williams's. Wisler said she called Williams and asked to get Zydi back, even offering $200, but, she says, Williams never responded. (The ad, by the way, stated that "im gettin rid of her because ive started rescuing animals and i cant give her that attention i usee to give her anymore she's an akc champion Chihuaha....[sic].")

We called Williams, who refuted Wisler's claim that she tried to buy Zydi back, and Williams also accused Wisler of mistreating the dogs she breeds. (Keep in mind, Williams was selling Zydi after only having her for three days, and Williams's ad didn't say anything about the dog being in bad shape. Zydi was described as "blue and white," "housebroken," "litter box trained," "utd on shots" and "great with children as well as cats.")

When asked, Williams denied having tried to give away or sell any animals recently. However, Williams's Facebook profile is riddled with dogs for sale (and at least one cat ); a search of Craigslist's local pets section turned up 41 ads using Williams's phone number since April 16.

When we questioned Williams's truthfulness, Williams told us, "You can really not call my damn phone and kiss my ass..." and then the words just sort of ran together, forming a rather unintelligible stew. So when we said, "Pardon?" and Williams responded with, "You heard what I said," we had to say that, yes, we heard something being said, we just couldn't decipher it. Williams obligingly clarified with this (before ultimately hanging up): "Print my name in something, I will sue your ass, do you understand?"

Although Williams claimed to still have Zydi, Wisler believes Williams would have just sold Zydi back if that were the case. As far as Wisler's concerned, Zydi could be anywhere. Let's hope that, wherever she is, she's safe.


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14 comments
mkcr8
mkcr8

Omg I just gave my dog away and I'm sure the lady is a dog flipper because she agreed to stay in touch and after only one picture she tells me rudely to stop contacting her and she won't provide any pictures and changed her number and is on the free pets section 24/7. I don't know anything about her except her license plates and I guess since I gave it away I can't do anything even tho she broke our agreement. I am so fearful for my babies and heartbroken

ultramegachick1
ultramegachick1

I wish I would have seen this article sooner. I bought a puppy from this person yesterday and she died today!!!  What a scumbag!! 

wordman777
wordman777

this woman is known by a shelter north of houston to do this with animals..

Rivera01
Rivera01

*****RECOMMENDATION***** This may help when you POST on a social site you FOUND someone's pet friend and want to get it back to the RIGHTFUL OWNERS. DO NOT post details of the animal or sex. Just post the breed found and if they can call with details of their pet friend to come retrieve them. That may help our helpless friends in getting entangled with a heartless he/she animal grench and getting them back to their pet guardians. Animals DO NOT have a voice....BUT....WE DO! ....AND to the he/she "ANIMAL GRENCH", you should be ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!

healthy pet food
healthy pet food

Always remember to check that a dog dress has a hole in the front for a leash. 

Katiem410
Katiem410

Now he's selling someone's poor shih Tzu! Stop him/her pls

guest
guest

Yes this william guy or female is a fraud !!!!! messaged me about an ad i had recently posted about selling my chihuaha and also said same story as above, that he/she had a dog who passed away and really wanted a dog but since i wasnt giving them for free he backed off !!! it all seemed soooooo fishy to me so i googled the phone number and found all kinds of fraud alerts on this person it makes me mad how a person can be !!!!!! PLEASE TAKE CARE OF UR ANIMALS !! 

Tanya
Tanya

I posted Zydi on Kingwood.com not craigslist and Tavariuis Williams got her on April 16th and posted her for sale on April 17 (less than 24 hours) on craigslist and other sites.  I have a lawsuit pending.  I consider Zydi STOLEN property as he did not complete the "terms of release to him" which was a Forever Home OR Zydi was to be returned to us. That was the agreement.  I feel that this is a FEDERAL OFFENSE since the contact was made via the internet (over the wires).  I have had other people contact me that have stated that the same person has contacted them to get their animals to resell.  I have offered to buy Zydi back from him.  He called me yesterday cussing me out and saying that "I would never see Zydi again"!!! Lawsuit pending. 

Mom
Mom

Tavarius, you know what the doctor said would happen if you stopped taking your special medication. Now see what he meant? Call me.

Mom.

mas
mas

There has been a rise in missing or lost pets signs all over the area here in Kingwood/Atascocita .... makes me wonder if he/she has anything to do with this.... hummmmm. 

BEWARE RESIDENTS OF KINGWOOD/ATASC0CITA------ WATCH YOUR PET FAMILY MEMBERS!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I found his number in three different ads posted today, so I searched it on Google & found this story, & your fraud alerts on craigslist, Kingwood.com, & oodle.com.  I fwd the websites to craigslist help crew.

Wyatt
Wyatt

well met, sir or ma'am

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