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Puppies selling for exorbitant prices during Victorian lockdown

Barb Traeger knows just how hard it has become to get a dog.Key points:Victorian animal shelters and breeders have seen a significant rise in demand for dogs and puppiesPet owners say dogs help bring laughter and fun to difficult days in lockdownBreeders are asking people to consider the long-term consequences of owning a dogWhen she retired in June, she decided it was the perfect time to get a puppy.She had owned dogs previously, she had space at her Langwarrin home in Melbourne’s outer south-east and she knew she would have the time to spend with a pet.Ms Traeger initially looked for a Jack Russell puppy online but the cheapest puppy she could find was selling for $5,000.It took many applications, but Ms Traeger was able to adopt a dog instead.She has been enjoying training her dog Allie during Melbourne’s extended lockdowns, saying it has given her something positive to focus on.Allie the Jack Russell was one of 50 dogs rescued by the RSPCA from a single property.(ABC News: Patrick Rocca)Dogs bring laughter to homes in tough timesFor teacher Kate Ellis, it was a case of just in time, when she purchased her puppy.She organised to buy a dog be
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