NHS: Be careful when buying puppies for Christmas

Published: Dec. 21, 2018 at 4:34 PM CST
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Puppies can be popular Christmas gifts, but it's important to make sure you're getting a healthy dog.

Nebraska and Iowa both showed up on the Humane Society of the United States' "horrible hundred" list this year, which names states with problematic puppy mills.

Pam Wiese from the Nebraska Humane Society said that anyone buying from a breeder should make sure to meet the parents of the puppy to see that they are in a clean environment where they are being treated well.

Linda Scott was at NHS with her granddaughter Kortney on Friday. The circumstances for the visit were grim.

"Our Yorkie that we just had to put down was not healthy when we got him. We didn't know that," Scott said.

The dog was just six years old. Scott suspects the dog didn't come from a healthy environment. She said that as a lifetime dog owner, she should have seen the signs.

"I should have known better at the time because we met this person with four little Yorkies clear down south of Omaha in the middle of the night under a street light," Scott said.

Wiese also warned about pick-up locations.

"There are some times when somebody will suggest meeting. 'Oh, I'll meet you in this parking lot because it's more convenient for you.' Well, that could be that they don't want you seeing the environment they were raised in," she said.

NHS also recommends to check and see if the puppy has had its early booster shots and vaccinations before making the final decision to take it home.

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