During lockdown sales for, and subsequently sales of dogs, and in particular puppies soared. But many of these four-legged friends were hiding a business based on cruelty and manipulation. Unlicensed breeders have surged as it’s become clear just how much money can be made from a litter of puppies. But the true cost is often felt most by the new families who, after falling in love with their new addition, face costly vet bills for ill puppies. For some the outcome is even bleaker.
But, Animal Protection Services is speaking out for those with no voice. Last month a record breaking number of unlicensed breeder cases were tried at Lancaster Crown Court. In total, 42 cases were heard and several resulted in disqualifications for the individuals involved. We hope this signals a clear message that the disregard of sentient beings is not acceptable and that dogs are more than commodities to be sold.
FOUR PAWS has been calling for more traceability for any animal sold online for many years, and this surge in demand for dogs has intensified our calls for this and we hope that these results show that our legal system don’t condone it either.
FOUR PAWS UK are thrilled to be partnering with Animal Protection Services and continue to appeal for information about any unlicensed breeders. If you think you may have been the victim of an unlicensed breeder report it here.