Not everyone is aware of Pennsylvania’s law that protects puppy buyers from unscrupulous breeders. Not all states have laws like this, so I am very happy that Pennsylvania has this law since I live in PA.
I just recently heard from a buyer located in Virginia that sent a $500 deposit to a breeder in Ohio for a Boerboel puppy. The breeding never took place. The puppy never materialized, and the buyer never got a refund of her $500. After the buyer unsuccessfully tried to contact the breeder, the Ohio breeder eventually changed her e-mail address and telephone number.
Sometimes I think it is just as important to buy a puppy from a breeder in a State that has puppy protection laws for consumers! Do your homework, and make sure that the breeder you select for your next puppy is ethical (or does business in a state with strong consumer protection laws for puppies).
I am happy to report that Pennsylvania has a law called the Dog Purchaser Protection Act, where a buyer can file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office if they feel they have been a victim of an unscrupulous breeder/puppy seller. Don’t hesitate to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office if you feel you have been the victim of a bad puppy deal. I live in Pennsylvania, and I am proud of our laws in this state with respect to animal welfare, kennel inspections for all breeders, and consumer protection laws such as this one.
Have fun with your new puppy! It should be a joyous time; not a nightmare from a bad deal at the hands of an unscrupulous dog breeder.