Fake names being used by illegal puppy traders

by Bronwyn Hall

A BBC Scotland investigation has exposed traders using fake names to illegally sell puppies.

Dog trading is a multi-million pound industry and the BBC says that it has unearthed traders who use fake names to illegally sell puppies. BBC journalists posed as buyers while their cameras set about following the supply chain from source to sale. The journalists met multiple people selling dogs under false names to cover up the scale of what they do.

One such trader – Bernadette O’Neill – was found to have taken out multiple adverts to sell puppies over a few months and all under different names. O’Neill told the journalists that the dogs had been vet checked and had received their vaccinations. She claimed that the puppies were supplied by a breeder in West Kilbride but on further investigation no such breeder could be found.

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Further secret filming of Mrs O’Neill’s husband showed that he had been travelling back and forth to Northern Ireland; bringing hundreds of puppies back with him to sell them on in Scotland.

BBC followed this lead to Northern Ireland, where the dog breeding industry is worth £160 million, there they filmed inside Furnish Kennels. They found hundreds of dogs in battery-farmed conditions whose only purpose was to breed. When they questioned the owners of the kennels they claimed that they complied with all relevant legislation.

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Which begs the question, is the legislation tight enough? Pup Aid have long been working towards ending the mass commercial production of puppies. They aim to raise awareness through their events and promote rescue dog adoption and responsible dog breeding. Their campaign ‘Where’s Mum?’ works to educate potential owners about the effects of puppy farming and trading. If you want to read more and sign their petition you can do so here.

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