According to Connecticut Better Business Bureau, consumers can avoid pitfalls associated with unscrupulous pet sellers by being extra cautious and doing their research. Even though the wide majority of breeders are ethical, criminals know that consumers will often turn to the internet when looking for a supplier without doing their homework. The results can be devastating and expensive.
"Sometimes scammers design a fancy website and post attractive images of pets, but that does not translate into ethical practices," according to Connecticut BBB spokesman Howard Schwartz. "If buyers are not careful, they may end up with a sick animal, financial losses and inadvertently supporting puppy mills."