Record numbers of illegal puppies are being smuggled from all the regions of the Channel into the UK ready for the “Christmas trade”.
In three undercover operations the Dogs Trust clutched 100 young puppies in only one week from Folkestone and Dover ports.
But the UK’s largest bird-dog aid donation said the clampdown was “just the tip of the iceberg”, and panicked people looking for a cheap puppy would fuel the illegal trade.
The pups are found in “shocking conditions”, with severe health issues.
The Dogs Trust said it had come across seven Cane Corso pups with infected winds after their ears and tushes were cropped and docked, apparently exploiting scissors and vodka.
According to the trust, high demand for “trendy” reproduces such as French bulldogs, English bulldogs, Chow Chows and Daschunds helped to fuel the “sickening trade”, which can net bootleg breeders tens of thousands of pounds.
Dogs Trust veterinary administrator Paula Boyden did: “Buying an illegally imported puppy to have been able to expense well-meaning but gullible households thousands of pounds in quarantine and veterinary invoices and psychological heartache for the family if the puppy drops-off ill or worse, dies.
“We continue to be astounded at the lengths these fraudulent breeders and merchants will go to.”
Under the Dogs Trust’s “Puppy Pilot” programme, 582 illegally smuggled puppies were rehomed between December 2015 and 18 October 2017. About 40 rescued puppies died from the poor conditions they abode on the travel to the UK.
In 2016 officials noted 688 “illegally landed” pups, more than treble the recorded number in 2014.
The number of hounds participating the UK to be kept as domesticateds in 2011 was 85,299, and the above figures continue to increase year-on-year, with 275,876 entering in 2016.
Between 2011 and 2013 the number of pups coming to the UK from central and eastern Europe in particular rocketed, with a 780% multiply from Lithuania and a 663% grow from Hungary.
How to avoid buy illegal pups
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