At a Parliamentary event Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston learnt of the UK’s growing puppy smuggling problem.
Following its initial report into puppy smuggling in November 2014, Dogs Trust conducted a second in-depth investigative study focused on the puppies travelling illegally into Britain under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). Dogs Trust found substantial evidence that underage puppies are still regularly entering the country on false documentation and are subsequently sold to unsuspecting consumers.
“I am pleased to support Dogs Trust in raising awareness of the issue of illegal puppy smuggling - something which affects many people in my constituency each year.
“Not only is this issue affecting unwitting members of the public who are buying puppies without knowing where in the world they have come from, but it also brings with it a risk of disease to humans and dogs, which is simply unacceptable. There are also the huge welfare concerns for the puppies being transported such long distances at such a young age.
“It’s evident that greater measures need to be put in place to deter people from smuggling puppies into this country illegally.”