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WV AG Encourages Careful Consideration of Pet Purchases During the Holidays

December 9th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is encouraging those considering a holiday pet purchase to watch for deceitful offers as they choose a companion that best fits their family or situation.
Dogs, cats and other animals appeal to people of all ages, and there is no shortage of pets that need a home, but anyone considering such a gift must proceed with caution.
The advice comes as part of the Attorney General's Holiday Consumer Protection Week.
“Bringing home a pet is exciting as you take on the responsibility of caring for a new animal companion,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “However, it’s important to ensure your pet comes from a reputable shelter or breeder, and watch for deceptive offers.”
Unfortunately, representations of animals bought online or in stores can mislead consumers as to the true nature of the pet’s health. Pictures can be falsified, and animals that appear healthy can become ill shortly after purchase.