Michigan's new Attorney General, Dana Nessel, has not only partnered with Michigan Humane Society but also the Humane Society of the U.S. to get rid of puppy mills.

WNEM reports that about 20 complaints has been made to the Attorney General's Office, since 2017, regarding puppy scams. Two of those complaints were made this year. People in the U.S. unknowingly spend about $1 billion/year on dogs from mills or some type of scam.

What constitutes as a scam? When it comes to puppy mills the dog is usually not as described -- especially health wise -- which leads to large vet bills for the new owner. Many of these puppies are sold to pet stores. A scam can also be done online when a payment is accepted but there's not actually a dog to be sold. According to a report from the BBB in 2018:

Simply put, many of the pets marketed online do not exist – at least not as advertised. In virtually all cases, the scammers never own the animals described on the sites.

A formal announcement to put an end puppy mills in Michigan will be made by Nessel on Thursday.

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