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Council probes illegal puppy breeding

East Riding of Yorkshire Council licensing officers are investigating five allegations of illegal puppy breeding in the area. The practice may see breeders import puppies into the UK and sell them online, via newspaper adverts or in car parks.

The council has warned people to make sure they buy from a reputable breeder, rather than those who may not be licensed or from a puppy farm. Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships told Beverley FM: “Anyone thinking of buying a puppy or a dog should check the legitimacy of the breeder. Dog breeding can be a lucrative business and those unlicensed breeders who aim to make money will often cut corners and sacrifice animal welfare.”

He continued: “The law on dog breeding is very clear and is in place for two key reasons – to ensure a high standard of welfare for animals and to give peace of mind to members of the public that they are buying from a reputable breeder.” He said the current dog breeding legislation is changing later this year. The proposals include a ban on the sale of puppies in pet shops and measures to crack down on unscrupulous puppy breeders with tight new restrictions for selling pups online and showing puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made