Have you ever bought a puppy over the Internet? My family has, and while we couldn’t be happier with our little Coconut, many online puppy buyers aren’t so lucky. For some, online pet buying can turn into a heartbreaking scam where the excited puppy buyer never actually gets the pup. But, fear not, good news is hopefully just around the corner! Under a proposed rule change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, dog breeders who skirt animal welfare laws by selling puppies over the Internet would face tighter scrutiny, according to The Associated Press.
Under the proposed rule change, dog breeders would now have to open their doors to perspective buyers and could no longer sell sight-unseen without obtaining a license and undergoing inspections by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
The change would also subject dog owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies electronically, by mail or over the phone to the same oversight faced by wholesale dealers as part of the Animal Welfare Act.
Puppy buyers are looking for a loving pup, not a scam. The change would allow the USDA to properly enforce violations, shut down puppy mills, and prevent future abuses of dogs. Three cheers (woofs) to that!
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