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.
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.