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Trading standards reminder as puppy quarantined in Northants

Author: Annalee Bougourd Published: 14th January 2020 12:41
Puppies like this are sold via adverts on the internet. The dogs are accompanied by incomplete or false and forged documentation which leads buyers to believe they have been imported legally or bred in the UK.Puppies like this are sold via adverts on the internet. The dogs are
accompanied by incomplete or false and forged documentation which
leads buyers to believe they have been imported legally or bred in the
UK.
Trading Standards officers in Northamptonshire are again reminding anyone thinking of buying a dog to be particularly wary of illegally imported puppies.

The advice comes as a result of the purchase of a puppy just before Christmas by a Northamptonshire family. The puppy had to be taken into quarantine on 30th December 2019 as it was underage and too young to have been through the proper vaccination process and it had also come from a country where rabies is present. As a result the new owners now have the additional expense of paying for quarantine fees.

The main concern around illegally imported puppies is that the dogs may not be properly vaccinated and rabies-free. Puppies like this are sold via adverts on the internet. The dogs are accompanied by incomplete or false and forged documentation which leads buyers to believe they have been imported legally or bred in the UK.

Trading standards offers the following advice to anyone planning to buy a puppy:

  • Get as much information about where the puppy has come from as possible.
  • Be suspicious if the seller cannot show you the puppy with its mother and litter mates.
  • View the puppy where it was bred.
  • If the puppy has been vaccinated ask to see the documentation. This must clearly state the veterinary practice where it was carried out.
  • If the seller says the puppy has been brought in from another country it should have a pet passport with a valid rabies vaccination recorded in it.
  • Remember a rabies vaccination cannot be given until the puppy is at least 12 weeks old.
  • The date of import must be at least 21 days after the date of the rabies vaccination.
  • Never pay for a puppy in advance.

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for highways and place Councillor Jason Smithers said: “Pet movement controls are in place to reduce the risk of certain diseases entering the UK, such as rabies.

“If you are planning to buy a puppy it is essential that you check where it has come from and that it has had a health check by a vet. Otherwise you are risking either having to pay considerable quarantine fees, having the puppy sent back or worse.

“Anyone who has concerns about a puppy they have bought can contact their vet in the first instance.”
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