Dog lovers looking for puppies for sale in West Lothian are being warned by the Scottish SPCA about a scam involving puppies being offered free of charge, so long as costs are paid for the transport of the puppy.
When the person looking to buy the puppy pays for the transport of the puppy, the con artists keep the money and don’t deliver the puppy. A similar scam has existed for years in the auto trade.
The Scottish SPCA has received numerous reports from dog lovers who have fallen for this, and other scams in recent times when trying to purchase a puppy.
The Scottish SPCA’s Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn stated:
Last year we had a case in West Lothian, where puppies were being sold from a house with the mother and father on show.
However, these adult dogs were not related in any way to the puppies, which had been bred in an illegal puppy farm.
This sort of scam is deceiving because it is set up to look like a genuine sale, but the puppies often have health problems so we would strongly advise people to be on their guard.
There is another major scam where adverts are placed in the local press with a mobile phone number to call. The seller will arrange to deliver the pup to you or meet you at a public place nearby.
No one should ever buy under these circumstances as the pups will almost certainly be from a puppy farm, most likely of Irish source.
The charity further advises that anyone who wants to buy a pedigree dog should look for a registered and approved dog breeder who breeds dogs in a healthy environment.
Mike Flynn continues:
If you are buying a pedigree dog then only buy from reputable breeders who are registered with the Kennel Club and have the paperwork to prove it.
Alternatively, the Scottish SPCA is a great place to start your search for a new pet because we have animal rescue and rehoming centres across the country that are full of unwanted and abandoned animals looking for new homes.
You can contact the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999 or visit their website here.