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Owners Urged to Think Twice in Crackdown on Backstreet Breeding

03 February 2015

ANALYSIS - The UK's population of unhealthy, unwanted and abandoned dogs is at an all-time high - all in the name of profit, writes Gemma Hyland.

Relentless breeding of dogs in dirty, squalid conditions takes place in neighbourhoods up and down the UK.

Dogs used for backstreet breeding are frequently kept in cramped, uncomfortable conditions and are often never exercised and used to produce litter after litter, with no thought for their health.

bullmastifExhausted and under-socialised, these dogs are all too often thrown onto the streets once they have served their purpose.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (BDCH) has launched a major campaign calling for a clamp down on the many undercover dog breeders that profit from the cruel treatment of these animals.

BDCH is calling for a ban on the sale of puppies under eight weeks old and the introduction of a breeding licence requirement for any household producing two or more litters per year.

Claire Horton, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Chief Executive said: “Battersea is speaking out to help expose and shame the callous breeders in our communities who are creating far too many unhealthy, unwanted and abandoned dogs all in the name of personal profit.

“At Battersea we see the consequences of this problem every day, with strays coming through our doors, many of whom show signs of in-breeding and others that have been used to produce countless litters before being turfed out on the street.

“These puppies and breeding bitches are often tomorrow’s status dogs and we must put an end to such inhumane, money-making activities.”

Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady is supporting the campaign and says: “I’ve seen first-hand the poor, damaged dogs in Battersea’s kennels that have been bred from over and over again.

"It sickens me to think what these dogs go through before they’re dumped on the streets broken and unloved. The awful thing is that backstreet breeders are everywhere lining their pockets from the demand for puppies.

"If there’s one thing we can all do it’s to make sure we think about where we’re getting a puppy from. Visit a rescue centre or a registered breeder and help Battersea end backstreet breeding.”

Find out how you can help end backstreet breeding here.

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

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