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Campaign against illegal puppy farms

Lincolnshire Trading Standards is fighting back against illegal puppy farms with a campaign to raise awareness of what people need to check when they buy a dog.

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If you're thinking of buying a puppy, make sure it's from a reliable and reputable breeder, preferably Kennel Club assured. Puppies from illegal puppy farms and importers are often in poor health, and can go on to develop serious illnesses, meaning heartbreak for your family.

Make sure you see the puppy at home with its mother. You can then see how it behaves, and view the conditions the dogs are kept in, and whether they look happy and healthy.

If you suspect the breeder is a puppy farmer report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

– Angela Kane, senior trading standards officer

Other pointers on buying a puppy:

  • Are you buying from a Kennel Club Assured breeder? These breeders must follow rules assuring the health of the puppies they sell
  • Imported puppies must be at least 15 weeks old. Younger and they are illegal and could be taken from you if reported
  • Be prepared to be put on a waiting list – a healthy puppy is well-worth waiting for
  • Be suspicious of a breeder selling several different breeds, unless you are sure of their credentials
  • Ask to see the relevant health test certificates for the puppy's parents.
  • Have you considered rehoming an older dog? Check out the Dogs Trust or your local animal rescue centre
  • Never buy a puppy from a pet shop, carpark or service station.