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Beware: Con artists making money off selling dogs and puppies this X-mas

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Be alert this Christmas if you intend to buy a dog: the warning sounded by the RSPCA which expects the demand for Christmas dog sales to hit the roof.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 04/12/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

The slogan about a dog being not just for Christmas but for life seems not to be getting through to an estimated one in ten Britons who intend to buy a festive dog this year.

After it revealed that demand for new dogs was already at an all-time high due to Covid lockdowns, the nation’s foremost charity the RSPCA warns prospective buyers to take care. 

Not only has the Society issued an appeal to parliamentarians to tighten the laws governing the cruelty of import of dogs, but it has also issued an appeal to citizens to be careful of whom in the UK they buy a dog from. 

Puppy farms to be avoided at any cost 

Writes The NWEMail, the RSPCA received 575 reports of unscrupulous puppy trading in England and Wales between March 23rd and October 31st this year. That number is well in excess of what it was last year, and has come about primarily by a surge of demand for lockdown puppies. 

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The Society and other leading charities warned prospective buyers at the beginning of the pandemic NOT to purchase a dog merely for company during lockdown. When things return to normal it is likely many dogs will be left unwanted. 

Be responsible

Today’s warning about an influx of fraudulent sellers to the internet should be taken on board by anyone who is considering the purchase of a puppy at short notice. 

The buying of a dog should not be likened to the buying of a toy. A dog is a living being, and is often high-maintenance. Thought must be given to whether a dog really is a necessity. 

The Society expects the usual burgeoning of animal shelters in the New Year when dogs and puppies bought as Christmas presents are no longer wanted.