Dog breeding

Carmarthenshire to introduce new dog breeding standards


NEW dog breeding standards and stricter licensing requirements are being developed in Carmarthenshire to help regulate the growing industry.

The council is also promoting an approved breeder program and would like the public’s assistance in reporting unauthorized trade selections.

A report presented to the council’s environmental and public protection review committee said organized crime was involved in the sector nationwide.

At a meeting, advisers learned that dogs from Eastern Europe and Ireland had been transported to Carmarthenshire for sale.

Cllr Philip Hughes, executive board member for public protection, said it was an emotional issue that was pointed out in a recent BBC Wales documentary.

“I think it’s fair to say that as an authority we haven’t been particularly successful in this program,” he said.

But he said he believed Carmarthenshire was the most proactive authority in dealing with the ever-growing dog license issues.

He added: “We are in the process of developing new trading standards and strengthening the license conditions, and these will be presented in the coming weeks. ”

Carmarthenshire has 85 licensed dog breeders, around ten of which have more than 100 dogs.

43 other illegal breeders have been identified recently, mainly by monitoring social media and internet sales platforms such as eBay.

The successful prosecutions have brought the authority £ 275,000 in the last two years alone thanks to the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The board has regulatory responsibility for authorizing breeders who breed three or more litters in a 12 month period. It also licenses pet stores and dealers, and investigates commercial breeding and animal welfare issues.

Agents are advising breeders – and have refused 23 licenses in 2019-20 to date, compared to nine refusals in 2018-2019.

The committee heard that the legal process was slow, with arrest warrants required to enter the property of someone who was not a licensed trader.

One officer said: “We have to be very secure before entering private property.

“We understand that there are private homes that are used as breeding facilities, and we are taking active measures.

“But the legal system is not a quick process.”

The officer also said council officials were meeting with the Welsh government shortly to discuss the issues.

Welsh ministers are now drafting a law that would ban third parties such as pet shops or commercial dealers from selling puppies and kittens, unless they are raising the animals themselves.

Carmarthenshire Council wants to focus its resources on illegal dog breeding, monitoring online activity and improving standards.

The review report said 18 breeders were eligible for its approved breeder program, which would reassure buyers and strengthen the reputation of sellers.

Cllr Joseph Davies said if every buyer demanded to see a puppy with its mother, the illegal breeding would be eradicated.

Cllr Hughes said, “We try to encourage breeders to join this buying program with confidence.

“Getting started is a pretty rigid process. You must have certain checks carried out.

He also said it was frustrating that people with knowledge of illegal breeding did not come forward to the authorities.

Cllr Mansel Charles has called for an investigation into the illegal breeding of dogs, but it was decided that a task force and arrival would be established instead.

Committee chairman Cllr John James said the public has a role to play and added that many dog ​​breeders are complying with the regulations.

Cllr Hughes said after the meeting that he didn’t think the documentary program presented authority in a good light, given the work it was doing.