Edited from a Press Release
CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urges consumers to be careful not to fall for an unscrupulous offer when looking for a pet that best fits their family or situation.

 
Pets appeal to people of all ages and there is no shortage in the number of pets that need a home.
 
“Pets bring an immense amount of joy to people,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “It’s important to make sure the newest member of a family comes from a reputable shelter or breeder.”
 
Unfortunately, representations of animals bought via the Internet or in stores can mislead consumers as to the true nature of the pet’s health. Pictures can be falsified and animals that appear healthy can become ill shortly after purchase. 
 
Consumers can follow these tips to ensure an issue-free purchase: Consumers with questions regarding pet purchases can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online atwww.wvago.gov.