Family says they were scammed by dog breeder who was also a defendant on ‘Judge Judy’

Family says they were scammed by dog breeder who was also a defendant on 'Judge Judy'
Family says they were scammed by dog breeder who was also a defendant on 'Judge Judy' (WBBM)

Palatine, IL (WBBM) -- Chandra Klem comes from a family of dog breeders, and people trusted her – putting down large payments for the dogs they wanted.

But some said they never got a dog, or they got the wrong dog.

CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar did some digging and found the suspected scammer in, of all places, an appearance on “Judge Judy.”

“This was perfect. This was a perfect match. It couldn’t have been any better,” said Maryanne Calvillo, “and it turned out to be an absolute nightmare.”

Calvillo, her husband Alfredo, and their daughter Gianna, fell in love with a litter of Rottweiler puppies. Little Gianna was counting down the days until one of them was hers

Breeder Chandra Klem of Rodsden Rottweilers from St. Charles is whom the Calvillo’s paid a $500 deposit to for a Rottweiler puppy.

After all, Chandra Klem’s grandmother, Joan Klem, is a widely-respected Rottweiler breeder – regarded as one of the best.

“We gave her $500 and our puppy was supposed to be $1,895,” Calvillo said.