PEOPLE thinking of buying a pet in Britain this Christmas should be aware of the risks involved in buying a “counterfeit” puppy, the RSPCA said.
Thousands of dogs with fake pedigree papers and vaccination forms are sold every year and can quickly fall sick and die.
The RSPCA’s Justine Pannett said: “It’s shocking to learn that, despite this, people may be treating shopping for a puppy in much the same way they would for other Christmas gifts, like a Wii, and looking at ways to make savings wherever possible.
“There’s no cheap way to be a puppy owner.”
She warned people to check vaccination cards and vet details before parting with money.
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