Dog Lovers, Beware
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
We're all dog lovers here, and so I wanted to pass on a warning from the Better Business Bureau and the American Kennel Club about a really insidious internet scam taking place out there. It involves criminals posting fictitious online ads for cute puppies that need homes. As we all know, these puppies are hard to resist. But in this scam, there are no dogs....only strings of false promises as unsuspecting dog lovers send money and more money to arrange to have the dogs sent to them.
Here is a Los Angeles Times story describing the scam:
In my opinion, it's always a bad idea to buy dogs over the internet. These types of operations do not have to have their kennels available for inspection. The notorious "puppy mills" that crank out purebred dogs, often with genetic and/or health problems, frequently use internet ads to move puppies. Again, the best advice is to find a reputable breeder and personally visit his or her kennels, get to know the parents and their lineage before making a decision. Better still, consider bringing home a rescue dog. These animals, so often discarded through no fault of their own, can make amazing pets.
posted by John Grogan at 4:26 AM