Yorkshire Council warns on the risks of buying imported puppies
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is warning of the financial and health risks associated with buying imported puppies.
The warning is a consequence of a report on two Pug puppies bought in Google that had been illegally introduced in the UK and whose origin was in Eastern Europe.
The council’s animal health officers could track down the seller and the remaining six puppies were seized and placed in quarantine for three weeks at a cost of £1,500 to the seller.
Sellers of these puppies are known to import puppies under the rules for pets rather than the more suitable ones for trade. This means that the animals do not have the correct health certification.
Councillor Jackie Cracknell, representing the council’s portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, clearly stated the following: “Resist the temptation to buy dogs which do not have all the right paperwork, like certificates or passports. Don’t let your heart rule your head when you are holding them.
“Apart from the obvious financial implications of having to pay up to thousands of pounds in quarantine fees, you may be putting at risk your life and those of your family if the dogs are diseased. Remember, if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
For further information on importing an animal visit the AHVLA website www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad, contact the council’s duty animal health officer (01482) 396107 or email [email protected]
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