Puppy farming

Puppy Farming

Puppy farming is the mass commercial breeding of dogs. Profit is the primary aim and not the welfare and happiness of the puppy or its parents.

Dogs are kept in appalling conditions with poor food, no clean water, medicine, or waste clearance with as many as 200 breeding bitches and stud dogs kept in large concrete agricultural sheds.

The main issues are:

  • Poor conditions – often dirty and dark
  • Unvaccinated against disease
  • No basic vet care
  • Separated too early from their mothers
  • Dying from ill-health and diseases (infectious and inbred)
  • Weak immune systems and short life spans

These poor puppies are often transported long distances then sold on mass to pet shops, online or newspaper ads. Sadly, this is increasingly the case for kittens too.

We have no idea of the true scale of the problem as although puppy farms should be licenced, many operate illegally. Campaigners often feel that local authorities don’t always take there role in inspecting and licencing seriously enough. In addition, we already have far too many dogs. Every day healthy dogs are put down because an owner cannot be found for them.

If you want a dog…

Make sure you are really ready to make a long term commitment to being a dog owner.

Please make your first stop an animal shelter. There are many adorable dogs, some even pure breeds, who just want a safe and happy home.

If you really want to buy a puppy: do not buy from a pet shop or over the internet. Always insist on seeing the puppy with its mother where it has been raised. You can check the conditions and that it hasn’t been taken from its mum too early.

If you suspect you are meeting a puppy farmer…

If you suspect that a breeder is a puppy farmer, contact your local authority, who will be able to investigate. You can find their contact details here.

Prospective buyers who suspect they are meeting a puppy farmer or agent should never agree to purchase the puppy – this simply fuels the trade, causing even more puppies and breeding bitches to suffer.

Instead they should report the incident to their local authority or Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

If you suspect that a breeder is a puppy farmer, contact your local authority, who will be able to investigate.

Share..Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail this to someone