BATTERSEA Dogs and Cats home is urging would be owners to think twice about how they buy a dog to crack down on backstreet breeding.
Breeding in often dirty and squalid conditions takes place across the country, Now the charity has launched a campaign to clamp down on undercover dog breeders who profit from their poor treatment.
It is calling for a ban on the sale of puppies under eight weeks old and the introduction of a breeding licence for any household producing two or more litters per year.
Claire Horton, Battersea chief executive, said” “Battersea is speaking out to help expose callous breeders who create too many unhealthy, unwanted and abandoned dogs – all in the name of personal profit. At Battersea we see the consequences of this every day, with strays coming through our doors – many of which show signs of in-breeding and others that have been used to produce countless litters before being turfed out on the street. These puppies and breeding bitches are often tomorrow’s status dogs and we must see an end to such inhumane, money making activities”.
Welfare campaigners argue backstreet breeding dogs are forced to lead miserable lives, frequently kept in cramped, uncomfortable conditions, never exercised and use to produce litter after litter with no thought for their health. Exhausted and under-socialised, they are often thrown onto the streets once they have served their purpose.
Battersea ambassadors Paul O’Grady added: “I’ve seen the poor, damaged dogs at Battersea that have been bred from over and over again. It sickens me to think what they go through before being dumped on the streets broken and unloved. Backstreet breeders are everywhere, lining their pockets from the demand for puppies. If there’s one thing we can do it’s to make sure we think about where we’re getting a puppy from.
Visit a rescue centre or registered breeders and help Battersea end backstreet breeding”