“I wanted a lap dog to keep me company,” said Norbert Ciser. “My children have all grown up and moved away. My wife, Luisa, passed away last year and I’ve been quite lonely. I thought I had bought a dog, but I was wrong.”

Gullible bargain hunters at Argentina’s largest bazaar are apparently forking out hundreds of dollars for what they think are gorgeous toy poodles, only to discover that their cute pooch is anything but that…

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When widow Norbert Ciser, age 74, took a bus to the open air market, he knew he wanted a small dog.

“I just wanted something small and easy to care for,” the retired bus driver said. “I didn’t realize that I was being conned out of my money.”

Here’s more from Daily Mail:

One retired man from Catamarca, duped by the knock-down price for a pedigree dog, became suspicious he had bought what Argentinians call a ‘Brazilian rat’ and when he returned home took the ‘dogs’ to a vet for their vaccinations.

Imagine his surprise when his suspicious were confirmed – he had in fact purchased two ferrets that had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle.

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Previously considered an urban legend of the giant La Salada market, local television news in the capital, Buenos Aires, discovered that the man was not alone – another woman had been told that she was buying a Chiuhuahua, but ended up with a ferret.

Both the woman and the retired man have not filed complaints.

Typically, toy poodle puppies cost upwards of $1,000 in the United States and a ferret will usually set someone back around $75.

Compared to Mumbai’s infamous Dharavi slum, La Salada is a self contained micro-economic center of the Argentinian capital, largely filled with skilled Bolivian workers who have migrated.

A stark contrast to the sprawling wealth of some parts of Buenos Aires, La Salada is a collection of small and informal workers, distributors and entrepreneurs – some lucky enough to sell ferrets as dogs for $150.

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Have you ever bought something and got it home,
only to discover it wasn’t what you intended?