Animal welfare advocates are warning consumers of large-scale dog breeding operations or puppy mills selling on the Internet. Their concern is “that people who sell dogs over the Internet are able to skirt federal licensing and inspections because they are not considered wholesalers.”
Many states do not have lemon laws, so there is nothing to help a buyer if their dog has health problems. One veterinarian said that many of her clients are victims to these Internet dog sales and the puppies that are sold to them are diseased or have genetic defects due to inbreeding.
Some recommendations for buyers interested in buying a puppy are to go and see the operation and see the conditions the puppies were born in, meet the parents of the puppy, and get references of other buyers that have purchased from the breeder.