People are spending thousands on puppy concierge services to find the perfect dog

It takes a lot of scratch to fetch a dog these days.

As consumers have turned away from puppy mills — and California has even banned selling non-rescue dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores — they are turning to breeders, animal rescues and shelters to buy or adopt a pup.

But even these sources can be questionable. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota reported a spike in local puppy scams just this week. Ten people reported being ripped off or coming close to being scammed, including one victim who lost $1,800 trying to adopt a French bulldog.

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