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LACEY - A woman from the Forked River section of Lacey was scammed out of $3,500 when she tried to buy two Rottweiler puppies from a Texas breeder, Lacey Police said on their website.
The woman, who was not identified, paid for the dogs to be shipped by airplane in temperature-controlled crates to the Atlantic City Airport, but the dogs never arrived, police said. The woman told police that she believed she was buying the puppies from a Texas breeder, who was also not identified.
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The woman reported the situation to police on Jan. 3. Police said an inquiry into the breeder's address was connected to a Texas Post Office.
Reports of puppy selling scams have risen 39% since 2017, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The agency received nearly 16,000 complaints over the past three years from consumers about buying puppies and other pets. A majority of the scams were about animals that were purchased but never delivered, according to the BBB.
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The BBB advises potential pet buyers to:
Amanda Oglesby is an Ocean County native who covers Brick, Barnegat and Lacey townships as well as the environment. She has worked for the Press for more than a decade. Reach her at @OglesbyAPP, email@example.com or 732-557-5701.