Buying a puppy in Australia: Sydney start-up PETspot finds way to stop pet scams

 Buying a puppy in Australia: Sydney start-up PETspot finds way to stop pet scams

She knew something was wrong when she saw the dog’s eyes. Then more scammers came trying to rip her off thousands.

A NSW woman is warning aspiring pet owners of what to watch out for after falling for a puppy scam and nearly losing another $2500 to the “dodgy b*stards” running a second con.

Brigid Kennedy, from the NSW Southern Highlands, was duped several years ago after buying a dog on online marketplace Gumtree.

Although she paid for a purebred border collie, after receiving the pup, she realised she had been deceived. It had mismatched eyes and did not behave on her farm as a normal farm dog should, indicating it was a mixed breed.

She had to re-home the dog last year because it became aggressive towards children and was on the hunt for a new puppy to fill the gap in her and her husband’s life.

In May, she sought out a new puppy and found a breeder but they only communicated via text which felt “dodgy” and…

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