Residents and businesses are being urged to speak up about illegal puppy breeding and report it anonymously to Crimestoppers.
Trading Standards Wales and the charity Crimestoppers have now joined forces to provide a service that enables members of the public to anonymously provide valuable information that can help tackle illegal puppy breeding.
It is the latest issue that the two organisations are working on to encourage members of the public to provide information on concerns they might have, 100% anonymously.
Roger Mapleson, Trading Standards and Licensing Lead, said, “Whilst there are limited circumstances in which private individuals can breed from their family pet without the need for a licence we advise people to contact their Local Authority for further advice. This is to ensure they are bred and cared for responsibly. It’s important that we are able to identify and tackle illegal puppy breeding which will help stop animals suffering in silence purely for profit.
“Typically puppies are advertised on social media and you should always check where the puppy was born for yourself, few illegal dog breeders will allow this and will discourage it saying it’s for your convenience. Learn to walk away and report the post and also phone Crimestoppers with all the information you have.
Judith Parry, Chair of Trading Standards Wales, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Crimestoppers and giving members of the public a way to report these crimes anonymously.
“Unlicensed dog breeders do not have to follow the rules and will not be subjected to welfare inspections by the Local Authority. Such businesses are known as Illegal Breeders or Puppy Farmers.
“This leads to dogs being exploited by criminal gangs to make, and launder, money.”
There are several signs to spot when it comes to illegal puppy breeding:
- They may keep their puppies in awful conditions
- They may not ensure the animals welfare
- They may have poorly socialised dogs and puppies
- They may overbreed from their dogs
If you are concerned or suspicious of illegal dog breeding in your area, then report it to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit http://crimestoppers-uk.org and tell them what you know. You’ll stay 100% anonymous – always.SIGN ME UP NOW