Attorney General cracking down on pet scams

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The Pennsylvania Attorney General wants to keep animals like Charlie here safe, so he’s created a tip line to report pet scams involving sick or misrepresented animals.

Kate DePasquale runs the A Tail to Tell Puppy Mill Rescue, she says one her dogs Yankee was debarked. “It’s a cruel and very inhumane practice where they sever the vocal cords of the dogs,” said DePasquale.

The A.G.’s Office is taking action, protecting puppy mill dogs and their owners.

State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans says the measures will also prevent people from getting scammed, “To make sure consumers are aware of these scams, particularly when purchasing a pet from a puppy mill, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is offering a few tips,” said Hill-Evans.

Hill-Evans, a co-sponsor of Libre’s Law says some of those tips include don’t trust a seller who needs to sell the pet quickly, and always visit the breeder.

“Ask for multiple pictures of the pet. Never pay in cash using either a money order or a Western Union,” said Hill-Evans.

Kirstin Tullo, the Pennsylvania Director of The Humane Society says you can report pet scams by e-mailling petscams@attorneygeneral.gov.

 “Pennsylvania unfortunately is one of the highest states for aiding and abetting the largest number of consumer fraud complaints related to the insidious puppy mill industry,” said Tullo.

The Midstate has eight of the 100 puppy mills on the Humane Society of the United States’s Horrible Hundred List, and seven of them are in Lancaster County. 

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