Warning over 'illegal' puppies

Dog lovers are being warned to be extra careful when buying puppies after two litters of illegally imported pups were sold in the area. The dogs are believed to have been bred in puppy farms in Eastern Europe and smuggled into the area.

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People are being warned to be extra careful when buying puppies after two litters of illegally imported dogs were sold in Northumberland.

The Shih Tzu and Maltese terrier puppies had been smuggled into the country without the proper immunisations meaning that they could be carrying rabies.

Beverley Heddon, who bought one of the dogs for £600, told ITV News reporter Julia Barthram she was devastated to be told she must pay for an extended stay in quarantine for her pet, or have it destroyed.

Illegal puppies warning

Bella with Beverley Heddon Credit: ITV News

Beverley Heddon, from Ryton, bought one of the dogs.

Bella a Maltese Terrier, was bought five weeks ago for £600.

When she discovered Bella was one of the illegal imports she had to choose between paying another £500 for her to go into quarantine or have her destroyed.

Northumberland Trading Standards have traced 8 puppies, five are now in quarantine, 3 died from disease they hadn't been immunised against.

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Warning over 'illegal' puppies

Dog lovers have been warned to be extra careful when buying puppies after two litters of illegally imported pups were sold in the area.

The Shih Tzu and Maltese dogs are believed to have been bred in puppy farms in Eastern Europe, taken to Holland and then smuggled into this country without having had the correct immunisations.

The puppies have been taken from their mothers weeks before they should be and are at risk of carrying Rabies.