KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically increased the demand for pets as people seek a way to ease loneliness, but with the demand for more puppies, there has been a spike in pet scams as people search online for a new dog.

The price of a yellow lab out of Houston, Texas was about a third of what a reputable breeder would charge, and a lot of other goodies were thrown into an online ad that peeked the interest of a young Knoxville woman.

Sharnai Lewallen-Wright and her children enjoy their new rescue puppy, Milo. The family recently picked up the playful 6-month-old, just weeks after seeing online, a yellow labrador retriever, and Sharnai contacted the breeder. She said she found a website called cuddlylabradors.com.

“I found a puppy on there that was 8 weeks old, her name…

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