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Beware of Internet puppy scams this Christmas

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A brand new puppy may be on the Christmas list for many children this year, but if you're shopping online for the new family pet you could come up empty handed.

Many families have gotten their hearts broken and money lost this time of year after being scammed.

"He's gonna be a great companion, and I advise everybody to come to the shelter," said Judy Bounds who just picked up a two-year-old Siberian Husky at the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.

Just this week she avoided falling prey to an internet puppy purchase while looking for a husky.

The Newton resident was told to send $250.00 to the seller in Maryland. But she became suspicious.

"They would fly the dog to me, right to me, right to my door or the closest airport. And I said no. This sounds more like a scam," added Bounds. "They even sent pictures of puppies through email".

"Heartbreak can happen. That's for sure," said Debra Boswell with the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.

She has seen internet animal purchase scams all too often. One buyer reported spending $800.00 and got nothing.

"Somebody was running a scam on Yorkies, and we had several distraught people call wanting us to go to the airport and feed the dogs that were there or waiting to come to their new home and we explained that there weren't any dogs," added Boswell. "That it was all a scam." 

Animal lovers are urged to use local shelters like MARL where you can see the dog and know its medical history. Gift certificates are also available. You can bring them in after the holidays and fill out an application. Then you can pick out the cat or dog of your choice.

"Just adopt, don't shop," said Boswell.

MARL has a $90.00 adoption fee which includes shots, deworming and being spayed or neutered.

Boswell said if you choose a pet that doesn't work for your family, you can bring it back to the shelter and even try to find one that best suits your household.

If you have questions, you are able to contact MARL for help or information.

That number is 601-969-1631.

Before purchasing a pet ask for references from a veterinarian and other customers.

Visit the location where the animals are raised.

Be sure to ask for a contract and medical records which should include all up to date shots.  

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