Last night’s BBC Wales Investigates’ report, ‘Inside the UK’s Puppy Farm Capital’ (BBC Wales, 30 September), showcased the scale and impact of the puppy farming trade in Wales. It confronted the breeders as well as the vets and inspectors tasked with reporting dog health and welfare concerns at these businesses.
Commenting on the investigation, BVA President Daniella Dos Santos said:
"Last night’s report showed distressing behind-the-scenes footage and helped highlight the scale of the puppy farming problem in Wales. Sadly, vets see first-hand the tragic consequences resulting from puppies bred in such poor conditions by unscrupulous breeders. They often suffer from disease, health problems and poor socialisation, leading to heartache and financial costs for the new owners.
“Vets, local authorities, dog breeders and puppy buyers are all important links in the regulatory chain, with each having a responsibility towards ensuring the health and welfare of the dogs.
“Vets help local authorities identify crucial welfare shortfalls in local dog breeding establishments, as well as continuing to work with individual clients to improve the health and welfare of the animals under their care. Any welfare issues flagged by vets must work hand-in-hand with proper enforcement action by local authorities to tackle the scourge of puppy farming.”
...follow the link to read the article in full on the BVA website...