Crack Down on Rogue Puppy Breeders
New rules to protect pets and crack down on rogue breeders came into force across England on 1st October. The regulations mean anyone running a business involving animals, whether selling or boarding, will need a licence from their local council. Sellers must include their licence number in any advertisement – including online or on social media.
Dealing in puppies or kittens that are less than eight weeks old will be banned, and puppies must be shown with their mother before a sale can take place.
There are five types of business that will need a licence:
• Selling an animal as a pet.
• Providing or arranging boarding for cats or dogs outside of the animal’s home, whether overnight or day care.
• Hiring out horses.
• Breeding dogs.
• Keeping or training animals for commercial exhibition.
Anyone who already holds a licence under the old scheme does not need to apply for a new one until the original one is due to expire.