Charities and government join Scottish campaign to shut down puppy farmers

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A puppy farm crackdown has been launchedNC

A puppy croft die crackdown has been launched

While the Scottish SPCA said organisations handle to tackle the “damaging” and “evil” industry had enjoyed some success, it stressed they exigency to adopt a unified approach.

The new www.saynotopuppydealers.co.uk website has the backing of the Scottish Administration, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs trusts, Trading Archetypes Scotland, the Blue Cross, OneKind, the British Small Animal Veterinary Bonding (BSAVA), and the University of Edinburgh.

The SSPCA teamed up with university sceptre to research the impact puppy farming can have on dog behaviour.

Chief numero uno Kirsteen Campbell said: “Our research showed puppy-farmed pups are assorted likely to have a genetic disorder and are more at risk of deadly communicable diseases such as parvovirus, which can cost up to £4,000 to treat.

Roseanna Cunningham MSPPH

Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP backed the push

The growing illegal trade is, put simply, organised crime and at present there is particle deterrent.

Kirsteen Campbell

“The Scottish Government estimated that the unlawful puppy trade was worth a conservative £13m last year in Scotland – and that doesn’t catalogue the thousands in vet bills paid for by unsuspecting new owners.”

She added: “The growing wrongful trade is, put simply, organised crime and at present there is little discouragement.

“Puppy farming has been a priority issue for us and our partners for quite some schedule.

«Individually, we have been making some progress, but the industry has originated exponentially and it’s clear a unified approach is the only way forward.”

It is hoped the website will provide proper advice for those looking to buy a puppy.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham stipulate: “I’d encourage everyone to consider whether they could provide a ‘forever where one lives stress’ to a dog in an animal shelter in Scotland, rather than buying a new puppy, and if they alleviate want a puppy to buy one directly from the breeder, where they can see the puppy with its nurture.

“The arrival of a new puppy should be a happy time but irresponsible and illegal rearing can lead to hefty vets’ bills and even heartbreak for owners.

“Those complicated in puppy dealing or illegal breeding can earn thousands of pounds from a fix litter but, while they count their cash, the dogs, which they are exploiting, inevitably suffer.”

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