The RSPCA is warning people not to buy a pet as a present, and to always do their homework before getting a new puppy.
    The advice comes after 87 puppies were seized in Stockport and Greater Manchester on 28 November 2012 as part of a major investigation into puppy trafficking and the alleged sale of sick dogs via Internet ads.
    An independent vet inspected the puppies and determined that six were in need of treatment for sickness. All of the puppies are now in the RSPCA’s care.
    RSPCA inspectors also discovered four dead puppies when they carried out three warrants in the area.
    Chief inspector Ian Briggs, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said: “Having a pet is a major responsibility, and not something that should be done on a whim as a gift for someone.”
    Sergeant Mike Cooper, from Greater Manchester Police, added: “People should only buy pets through the proper channels after considered thought.”
    Advice for potential puppy owners, and what to look out for when looking for a new pet dog, is available at the RSPCA’s Get Puppy Smart website.

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