Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine is warning Ohioans to steer clear of online scams regarding the sale of pets.
Executive Director of the Animal Shelter Society in Muskingum County, Jody Murray says there are some clear signs to look for when shopping for pets on the internet, including seller's credentials and modes of communication.
"The old saying if it's too good to be true it probably is comes to mind. If you're not able to work face to face with someone or they want to do everything via email or texting for me that would be a big red flag, " said Murray.
Murray says many online shoppers are searching for rare or expensive breeds of dogs and other pets , but he says the shelter offers a waiting list if you are shopping for a specific breed as well.
"A lot of people think we only get mixed breed animals which a lot of them are, but we do get some highly desirable animals here we have had folks from literally all over the country adopt dogs or cats from us, " said Murray.
Other benefits of adopting from the shelter includes knowing the animal's history and medical needs before taking them home and giving them a new chance at life.