Thinking About Buying a Puppy?
In a report published last week, the RSPCA highlighted a number of issues relating to the puppy trade in the UK and set out its top ten recommendations to the government to bring some of the problems under control.
At Margaret Green Animal Rescue we are no stranger to the darker side of the dog breeding industry. Our Chief Executive, Geoff Wright, explains: “We often hear from people who have bought a puppy after seeing it advertised on the internet, or without checking the breeder was licensed. Sadly some of these dogs are very poorly, or have developed serious anxiety and behavioural problems due to being under socialised or mistreated at a very young age.”
The RSPCA states that out of 50,000 rescue dogs in this country, only a few thousand are puppies, so a huge percentage of puppies come from both licensed and unlicensed breeders, and many are imported from Ireland and the continent. Although figures are unknown, the RSPCA estimates that between 700,000 and 1.9 million puppies are bred or brought into the UK every year.
The RSPCA report sets out a number of recommendations including the need for the government to look again at some of its legislation which is now over 65 years old and dates back to a time when most puppies in this country were sold through pet shops.
We would strongly urge prospective new owners to think carefully and do their research before choosing a puppy. If you are considering bringing a puppy into your family, visit the puppy at home, and make sure you see the parents. If the breeder is keeping five or more breeding bitches, they must be licensed. Dogs Trust have more helpful advice on their website.
And whilst we may not always have puppies, we do have plenty of younger and older dogs looking for loving new homes. When you adopt a puppy or a dog from Margaret Green Animal Rescue, you can be safe in the knowledge that it has received the best care possible, is microchipped, vaccinated, treated against worms and fleas and neutered (or the charity will cover the cost if the dog is too young at the time of adoption).
For more information on the breeding, trade and sale of puppies in this country, visit the RSPCA website to read the report and sign their petition to ‘Scrap the Puppy Trade’.