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Vets Asked to Share Experiences Over Illegally Imported Puppies

06 October 2014

UK - The RSPCA is asking vets to share their experiences and views as part of a new survey launched in the wake of rising numbers of illegally imported puppies being brought into the country.

As part of ongoing research by the charity industry professionals are being encouraged to fill out the short questionnaire to help build a true picture of the scale of the problem in England and Wales today.

The survey contains a number of questions to vets, including what they consider the greatest concerns regarding the poor breeding, dealing and illegal import of puppies and what they think can be done to tackle these and the associated problems.

Vets can fill in the survey by visiting:

James Yeates, Chief Veterinary Officer, said: “RSPCA intelligence suggests that there is a growing illegal trade in puppies from other EU countries and is causing serious health and welfare problems. In many cases puppies are dying or becoming seriously ill. Risk factors appear to include being taken from their mothers too early, not being vaccinated and having to endure long journeys in poor conditions.

“However, it’s very difficult to get a full view on the scale of the problem as many cases never get reported to the RSPCA. Vets are likely to be the first port of call when a puppy bought by an unsuspecting buyer becomes sick and may be faced with many of these cases - if sadly not all.

“We’re interested in hearing from vets to get their evidence from practice and to hear their ideas about how we can tackle the lucrative illegal trade in puppies.”

The information submitted will be used as part of the RSPCA’s ongoing research into the illegal puppy trade.

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