We’re pleased to report another puppy farm has been put out of business – this time in South Australia. The Australian reports the “business” in question was raided this week, with over 100 dogs being rescued.
RSPCA SA is looking for foster carers right now to help them with the workload whilst the animals concerned are assessed and rehabilitated. The question of course for people searching online for a puppy is how do they know whether they are buying from a puppy farm? In addition to the information on our Scam Stopper page on the subject, here are some further tips:
1: Don’t buy a puppy from free classified sites particularly. Sites such a *G-u-m-t-r-e-e and *P-e-t-l-i-n-k (we’ll call them Treegum and Scamlink from now on) do not check every advertiser and advertisement like pups4sale does. Thus they become the haunt of the puppy mills. As advertisers don’t need to pay in order to advertise, the additional layers of identification that accompany the payment process are absent, Also absent are manual checks to make sure an advertiser is not on a list of puppy farmers that any competent website should maintain.
Treegum: This Dutch multinational is NOT Australian like you may think – it is owned and operated by Ebay, with it’s servers in the Netherlands. They do check their ads periodically, removing the most obvious scams, but being an overseas multinational and not an Australian based organisation makes it more difficult for them to act in real time against puppy farmers.
Scamlink: Prior to the advent of Treegum, Scamlink was the favoured site of the bad guys. There were many Australian puppy farms advertising on Scamlink in the past, but with the advent of Treegum, many of them have switched sites. Scamlink is an “MFA” (Made For Adsense) site, which makes its money by people clicking on the Google Adsense ads on their site. They don’t monitor their advertisers at all, with not one alert to them regarding puppy farmers advertising on their site ever being actioned as far as we’re aware.
2: Make your voice heard to your State Department of Primary Industries regarding the proposed puppy farm legislation in Victoria and NSW. We have commented on this awful legislation in past posts, but suffice to say all it will do is encourage the development of even larger puppy farms than exist now. The NSW legislation is a copy & paste version of the Victorian legislation, with our sources indicating other States are also looking at it..
In summary, when next considering a puppy purchase, make sure you follow the advice on our site & use your common sense when deciding whom to buy from. That way you can do your part in putting the puppy farms out of business.
*=names spelled this way in order not to pass any credence to these sites in the search engine rankings