Saturday, April 13, 2024

Thousands lost in puppy scams

WA’s Midland Police are warning members of the public to be wary when purchasing puppies from online advertisements after two recent cases highlighted fraudulent claims by the seller.

In one case a man purchased a Labrador/Rottweiler cross from an online site. The seller fraudulently provided a false Responsible, Professional Breeders Association number and stated the puppy was microchipped. The seller also stated he was a breeder from Goomalling.

DNA testing on the puppy revealed the puppy did not have any Labrador or Rottweiler heritage and was a mix of five different dog breeds.

In the second case, a woman purchased an Australian Shepherd/Labrador cross puppy and the seller advertised online the puppy was 9-weeks-old, vaccinated and microchipped.

The owner took the puppy to the vet who ascertained the puppy was only 6-weeks-old and was malnourished and likely came from a puppy farm and not a responsible breeder.

In both instances the people paid thousands in cash for their puppies.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

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