Scams: Online Breeders, Backyard Breedersby Karyn Zoldan on Dec. 07, 2011, under Animal News, Dogs, Canines, Fun with Fido, Barking Encouraged, Pet Health & Safety
The Today Show aired a segment about unscrupulous online dog breeders and how they falsely appear to look local and how the dogs are all touted as healthy and happy.
Watch the segment; it’s excellent.
Because many backyard breeders keep their animals in deplorable conditions, and often deceive the public into thinking they are adopting a healthy animal, the HSSA wants to remind the public to do their homework first.
- Whether buying online or locally, visit the breeding site. If they resist this is a huge red flag. Stay away from that breeder. Also, the mother and father (of the puppy you want) should be present.
- Beware of free animals.
- Ask for medical documentation including proof of vet visit and shot records.
- Contact puppy references. Word of mouth can be a very powerful tool.
- Always pick your puppy up at the kennel. Do not have the puppy shipped or meet at a random location.
The best way to avoid being scammed is to simply never buy a dog you haven’t met in person,” says Lyndsay Bruno, spokesperson for the Humane Society of So. Ariz.
And a word of advice from me (Karyn Zoldan) – When you see those signs on telephone poles and boxes at the intersection advertising some breed pups for any amount of money — remove the signs or boxes or scribble over them or rip them up — no free advertising for these backyard breeders. Reputable breeders to not advertise this way.