A woman is out hundreds of dollars after falling for an online puppy scam. Someone advertised free Yorkie puppies in Bellevue. The woman was sent pictures of the puppies and was told she needed to send more than $500 to cover transportation costs. The woman never received the dog.
Nebraska Humane Society spokesperson Pam Wiese says unfortunately this kind of thing happens all too often. She says buying or putting a down payment on a sight unseen puppy or dog is never a good idea. She says you may or may not bond with that dog. It is always best to go to where the puppies are as one will likely bond with you more than others. You will not get that by looking at them online.
Wiese says, “You will want to see the animal itself. If you are going a breeder route you want to make sure they are responsible and doing it appropriately. The best way to do that is visit the facility instead of simply sending in money. You will want to see the conditions they are kept in. That is for piece of mind to know you are not supporting a bad place for puppies to be born – like a puppy mill.” Meeting the breeders is also a very good idea so you know what type of people you are dealing with.
Wiese reminds people who are looking for pets online, let the buyer beware.