More than 200 dogs rescued from puppy breeding farm in central Wales
A seven-month survey of commercial standards for puppy breeding in central Wales has saved more than 200 neglected dogs.
Trading Standards Wales’ regional investigation team said their multi-agency operation saw 15 dogs seized due to injury or severe suffering under the conditions they were found, as well as nearly 200 dogs surrendered by an alleged illegal puppy breeder.
The seller’s assets have been frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act while the investigation continues.
The operation, which trade standards describe as a “detailed case,” also involved Powys County Council, Dyfed Powys Police, the Veterinary Medicines Branch, Natural Resources Wales, RCVS and the RSPCA.
The dogs are currently being placed with the support of Dogs Trust, RSPCA, West Wales Poundies and Hope Rescue.
Gareth Walters, Trading Standards Wales’ strategic manager for animal health and welfare, said the operation was the first of a number of similar operations planned.
“This is the result of important partnership work supported by the Regional Investigation Team on National Trade Standards and the Welsh Government and is essential to support local authorities who would not be able to cope with this level of crime in isolation, “he said.
“Unlicensed puppy dealers prioritize profit over animal welfare – they want to generate the maximum profit for the absolute minimum of effort and investment.
“The business is attractive because of the large profits, with designer breed dogs averaging £ 2,000 but often selling for £ 5,000 and stallions charging even higher fees.
“As with other types of illicit trade, those involved often engage in other criminal activities, including distribution of illegal drugs, money laundering and tax evasion. Dogs are just a commodity. for them.
Trade standards officials say anyone considering buying a new puppy should seek advice from their local veterinarian’s office and use the Puppy Contract to avoid buying a breeding puppy.
If a seller is unwilling to provide the information listed in the puppy’s contract or allow you to see the puppy interact with its mother, then you should opt out.
Clive Jones of the National Trading Standards Regional Investigation Team (Wales) added: “In recent years the industry has been infiltrated by unscrupulous individuals, often involved in other criminal activity, who sell puppies obtained from illegal puppy farms.
“The pandemic has increased the demand and subsequently the profits and cutting edge practices of criminals. The team has done a tremendous job to get there, but it is still early days in terms of ongoing investigations and bringing these forward. court cases. ”