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Best Practice for Pet Shops

swindon 2Model Conditions for Pet Shops wishing to sell Dogs (puppies) in Swindon

Swindon have created a document setting out their guidelines for pet shops :

Pet Shop licence but an individual can make an application to the
Licensing Committee. This may be granted but the following are additional
standards that Pet Shops selling dogs (i.e. puppies) must adhere to.

 

1. No dog shall be kept or sold as part of the business unless it has been
obtained directly from the dog breeder. It is not permissible to obtain a
dog through any other dealer or via any other intermediary who has
acquired the dog or has the dog in their care.

2. The source breeder shall be the owner and keeper of the female parent
of the litter.

3. No dog shall be sourced from a breeder unless that breeder is either
a). Licensed or b) is exempt from the requirement to be licensed but
who nevertheless adheres to the Pet Care Trust’s Charter for Breeding
Dogs.

4. No dog shall be sourced from a breeder whose dogs are kept at a
location more than 45 miles distant from the premises specified in the
pet shop licence

5. Before any dog is sold, the purchaser shall be given the contact detai
unless it bears the stamp or details of the veterinary practice, which
administered the vaccination(s), together with the signature of the
veterinary surgeon who performed the procedure(s).

6. No contract with a dog breeder for the supply of dogs shall be entered
into, unless a condition is placed on the breeder that they shall offer a
reasonable level of information, guidance and assistance to the end
purchaser of any dog bred by them, for a period of six months following
acquisition by the final purchaser.

7. The dealer shall not sell any dog unless the contract with the breeder
includes a requirement that a DNA profile for both of the parents is
provided with any puppy supplied. When selling to the final owner, the
holder of the pet shop licence shall provide copies of those profiles to
the purchaser.

8. No dog shall be sold unless test results are supplied either for the dog
or for both of its parents, demonstrating that it is free from the genetic
defects commonly associated with the breed in question.

9. No puppy shall pass into the keeping of the dealer (holder of the pet
shop licence) unless it has remained with the dam and at the place of
birth for a minimum period of eight weeks.

10. No dog shall be sold unless it has been permanently identified by the
insertion of a microchip or by some other means.

11. No dog shall be received or kept by the dealer unless the dog has
started a course of standard vaccinations. The original documentation
issued in connection with those vaccinations shall be passed to the
final purchaser. No such documentation shall be considered valid
unless it bears the stamp or details of the veterinary practice, which
administered the vaccination(s), together with the signature of the
veterinary surgeon who performed the procedure(s).

12. The dealer shall give each dog kept or supplied a unique identifying
number and that shall be recorded in a logbook. All such logbooks kept
in the course of the business shall be made available on request at any
reasonable time to an authorised enforcement officer.

13. While in the keeping of the dealer, each dog shall wear a collar with an
attached identifying tag or badge, which indicates the breeding
establishment from which the dog was obtained, and the unique log
number for that dog.

14. Where a pedigree dog is sold, the pedigree certificate for that dog shall
accompany it. The breeder shall have signed the pedigree certificate.
The dealer is not authorised to purport independently that the dog is of
pedigree stock.

15. When a dog is sold, the purchaser shall be provided with detailed,
written good husbandry advice for the breed in question or be directed
to specific sources of expert information on the breed, particularly with
regard to diet, training, grooming and exercise.

16. No dog shall pass into the keeping of the dealer unless it is
accompanied by a health care report prepared by a veterinary surgeon,
for that dog. The original of the health care certificate shall be given to
the final purchaser.