DENVER -- A dog is man's best friend, but Brian Stevens said his 1-year-old dachshund Lucy is being treated as an appliance.
He said he accidentally rented her as a puppy.
"They never told me I was renting her. They said finance. That's what I was told," Stevens said.
He claims he accidentally rented Lucy from a Pet City store in Colorado Springs, believing he was getting a loan to buy the puppy.
He admits he signed a lease agreement, but said employees didn't make it clear what he was doing.
"I'll be honest with you, I didn't read every single line, but I never read anything indicating I was renting a dog," he said.
It turns out Stevens had signed a two-year, $2,400 lease with an option to purchase Lucy once the lease expired.
The loan was obtained through Wags Lending, which specializes in pet loans.
"I mean, maybe it's my fault because I didn't read every single detail of the fine print, but when they tell you they're financing something, I just assumed," Stevens said.
Pet City said the leasing process was explained.
"The terms of the leasing agreement are outlined in documents from the lending companies and Pet City employees are trained to explain the do's and don'ts of the leasing process," Pet City said in a statement.
However, Stevens said the process is confusing, forcing him to pay up or say goodbye to the newest member of his family.
"There's no way she's leaving the house one way or another. She's a part of her family. The kids love her. She's like a child to me," Stevens said.