It’s a sad fact that over 50,000* dogs are abandoned by their owners each year in the UK. Some of these dogs will be lovingly cared for and successfully re-homed by voluntary dog rescuers but many others will be destroyed, simply because the ‘system’ is unable cope with their numbers.
- Lobbying the government to introduce compulsory licensing of all dog breeding – so that irresponsible breeders will no longer find it easy to operate without being licensed and inspected.
- Lobbying councils to publish their lists of licensed breeders – making it easier for buyers to avoid purchasing dogs from unlicensed/unregulated breeders.
- Encouraging councils to include no breeding clauses in tenancy agreements – making it more difficult for irresponsible dog breeding and selling to take place.
- Developing ‘whistleblower’ schemes to expose the unlicensed breeding and selling of dogs within neighbourhoods.
- Working with HMRC to track down and punish anyone who breeds and sells dogs for profit without declaring their income from this for tax purposes.
- Introducing a checklist of questions that buyers can ask breeders before they commit to buying a puppy – asking the right questions should help to identify dodgy breeders who should then be reported to the authorities.