Council warns of spike in coronavirus pet scams

9 June, 2020Posted in: Community, Other
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is reminding residents to check the NSW Pet Registry to verify documentation before buying a furry companion during social isolation.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reports that nearly $300,000 has been lost to puppy scams this year, and that scammers are targeting prospective pet owners during the coronavirus pandemic.

Council’s Deputy General Manager Corporate Strategy and Development Services, Mark Pepping, said that the NSW Pet Registry could help residents to avoid scams.

“The NSW Pet Registry holds a database of microchipped and registered cats and dogs that live in NSW,” he said.

“The easy-to-use buyer search function provides important information about the animal and the breeder selling it.

“All you need is a microchip or a breeder identification number to search for information that will help you make an informed choice about your purchase.”

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“Don’t forget, the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter is a great place to begin your search for your paw-fect companion,” added Mr Pepping.

For more information on coronavirus scams including how to make a report and where to get help, visit