For the past two years, Dogs Trust has campaigned to stop the illegal importation of puppies which sees underage and often poorly puppies being brought into Great Britain with false documentation and paperwork destined to be sold to the unsuspecting British market.
We know that there is an ever increasing demand for certain breeds such as French Bulldogs and these breeds are being smuggled into Great Britain to satisfy this demand. We urge members of the public to think carefully about the commitment involved in buying a puppy, and to seek advice on where to buy a puppy. These dealers often disguise themselves online as loving family homes in order to dupe their buyers so please do your research before you embark on a purchase.
Dogs Trust is growing ever-concerned about the illegal importation of puppies and has stepped in to care for illegally imported puppies seized at the ports and has pledged to support them through quarantine. Dogs Trust has so far cared for over 120 underage puppies which is just the tip of the iceberg.
The number of puppies imported to the UK from Europe has "soared" to more than 60,000 a year since the EU changed the law to allow the free movement of pets, a eurosceptic Conservative MP has warned. Sir David Amess, the MP for Southend West, has said the 2013 EU ruling "simply has not worked" and puppies aren't always vaccinated because dealers are evading import controls. The law was intended to "strike a balance" between allowing pet travel for holidays and ensuring diseases such as rabies were contained, but Sir David has said there should be a revision of the current EU regulation on free movement of pets.