Savage trade in underage and illegal puppies highlighted by UK charity

The Dog Trust has evidence of hundreds of designer bird-dogs smuggled in appalling conditions into the UK from eastern Europe

Thousands of designer puppies are being smuggled into the UK every year as part of a 100 m black market who are able to expand further because of pres on border controls, a producing hound aid kindnes has advised.

Dachshunds, chow-chows, pugs and French and English bulldogs are regularly being produced illegally into the UK from central and eastern Europe with falsified pet passport data and bogus vaccination evidences boosting the risk of foreign canine diseases spreading to the UK dog population according to the kindnes Dogs Trust.

The puppies often underage are transported in inhumane conditions in vehicles, vans and minibuses for thousands of miles to be sold via online adverts to unsuspecting consumers in the UK. The majority are produced from engendering farms in Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, smuggled into Britain via Eurotunnel shuttle sets( arrived here Folkestone) and ferries( arriving in Dover) in the small hours of the morning.

Figures from the Dogs Trust reveal that one in every 10 puppies smuggled into the UK will die within their first three weeks here. The kindnes firstly highlighted the influx of puppies from central and eastern Europe in 2014, following a loosening of procedure of the then pet jaunt arrangement in 2012 for the purposes of EU harmonisation. Over six months 382 illegally imported puppies were hijacked at Dover and Folkestone although no trials followed but the trust says this is the tip of the iceberg.

Since December 2015, the trust the UKs largest hound aid kindnes, which attends for nearly 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year has furthermore added care and is supportive of illegally imported puppies through their time in quarantine. The RSPCA is supporting the relies new campaign launched on Thursday to originate consumers well informed the questions.

Dogs Trust says its investigations have divulged the lack of resources available to the agencies located at the ports. It dreads numerous puppies are entering the country only because there is not sufficient funding to provide adequate staffing at the ports or for the costs of quarantine.

Deciding to get a puppy is a huge responsibility that should not be a snap decision, said Runa Hanaghan, the charitys representative veterinary chairman. None would dream of buying one if they knew it would have to go through appalling maladies to get to them. The illustrations from our landmark quarantine aviator make for unpleasant read; around one in 10 smuggled puppies is under threat of succumbing within their first three weeks in the country and those that do live have suffered terribly in the process of coming here.

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