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Rip-Off Alert: Take caution with puppies as presents

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 11/12/2012 5:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Thinking about getting a puppy for the holidays? There are some things to think about, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Don't fall victim to a puppy scammer. Because of the emotional investment in buying a puppy, scammers are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Make sure to ask around for a breeder, rescue group, or shelter referral.

Never send money without first checking a breeder or shelter's credentials. Ask if the breeder is a member of an American Kennel Club-affiliated club and contact the club to verify membership.

Don't support puppy mills. Unless you can visit the breeding facility before the purchase and bring your puppy home personally, do not purchase a puppy from a website. You don't know how that puppy has been treated, how healthy or young it is, or whether the puppy exists at all.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of scammers who offer to "re-home" their purebred puppy in exchange for transportation or vaccination fees. If a free purebred puppy sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
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