Government must introduce legislation that makes a real difference to pets bred and sold in the UK by empowering local authorities with sufficient resources and training they need to do the job. Anyone breeding or selling a pet must be held fully accountable for the welfare of pets in their care. Only then can Britain can truly start to live up to its reputation as a nation of animal lovers once more.
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From: Mandy Gould
Lottie has been with us now for 5 days. Perhaps I am slightly delirious from lack of sleep but I have fallen for her very heavily indeed much to the delight of my family. That's quite fortunate really as I'm discovering that puppies are not a walk in the park (excuse the extremely weak pun, I plead exhaustion).
What troubles me about the French attitude to dogs is that they seem to regard these cute canines more as commodities than we do in the UK. In France, as in large swathes of the continent, you can easily buy a puppy from a pet shop. You can, if the mood took you, pop out for a pint of milk and come back with a pooch.
A roll call of puppy farmers delights fill the puppy sites: doodles of all sorts, cavachons, pugaliers, jugaliers, jugs, chugs, pomapoos, the names are as numerous as they are ridiculous. And behind them all, suffering parents endure years of breeding misery, not that puppy buyers will ever see or know that.
There are strong rules and regulations on weapons, and gun licencing laws in place, yet anyone, anywhere can go out and buy a puppy from a pet shop or breed from their dog, which could potentially grow to be a lethal weapon. These dogs are on our streets and, despite looking cute, can be as dangerous as a firearm.