The East Suffolk Council environmental protection team works with Suffolk Police to crack down on unlicensed ranchers
Last updated on October 5, 2021
Residents and future pet owners are urged to research illegal dog breeders and practices, as part of a new crackdown on unlicensed breeding.
On Thursday, September 30, the East Suffolk Council Environmental Protection Team, together with Suffolk Police, made arrests at two locations in Leiston for breeding dogs and / or selling non-puppies permitted and therefore illegal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The arrests came after months of investigation and it is hoped that more arrests will be made in the coming weeks. Illegal dog breeding is often done in poor conditions and without the necessary care, endangering the lives of the mother and her puppies.
Councilor James Mallinder is the Environment Cabinet Member for East Suffolk Council. He says, “When you buy a new puppy, it is such a joyous household occasion. The last thing you want is a sick dog with huge vet bills who might eventually die early.”
“So it is very important that residents pay attention to where they buy their dogs and stay away from puppy breeders.”
So what are the precautions to take before buying or adopting a dog. Councilor Mallinder says it’s important for future pet owners to do their research. “When looking for a puppy, you should see a photo of the mother, as well as the puppy with the mother. A good breeder will send you lots of photos, videos and may even let you visit the mother and her litter. “, he says.
“Make sure you do your research, ask lots of questions and for lots of photos,” he adds.
Another sign to watch out for, he says, is poor health. “You can contact your veterinarian, the RSPCA or dog charities for more information and resources to see if your puppy is healthy and is coming from the right source.”