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A.G Nessel warns against “puppy scams”


Scams become more prevalent during the holiday season, and experts say there’s another one to look out for when adding a furry friend to the family—puppy scams.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says each year, consumers in the U.S. fall victim to scammers advertising puppies that don’t exist. She urges future pet owners to remain diligent and do research when purchasing a puppy from a breeder or online.

The A.G.s consumer protection unit has tips to avoid scammers.

  • Research the breed   
  • Research the breeder   
  • Research the advertised puppy   
  • Do not purchase a puppy sight-unseen   
  • Use a credit card to make the purchase 
  • Retail all documents and communications from the breeder 
  • Consider contacting your local shelter   

Nessel also says to consider adopting from local shelters who may still be at capacity after facing an influx of pandemic animal returns.