Public warned not to buy pets as presents after warrant
More than 80 puppies have been seized during a major RSPCA investigation into puppy trafficking and the alleged sale of sick dogs via internet ads.
Our inspectors also discovered four dead puppies – including two left in a bucket in the footwell of a parked car – when they carried out three warrants across Stockport and Greater Manchester on Wednesday, 28 November as part of Operation Pagan.
Working together with police
RSPCA inspectors from our special operations unit and uniform division were joined by officers from Greater Manchester Police who facilitated the morning raids.
87 puppies – including French Bulldogs, West Highland Terriers and Pomeranians – were seized. A man and a woman were arrested but later released on bail.
An independent vet inspected the puppies and determined that six were in need of treatment for sickness. Other items seized included documentation, mobile phones and computers.
All of the puppies are now in our care pending the outcome of the investigation. The puppies are not currently available for rehoming whilst the case is ongoing. If the puppies do become available you will find them, and many other animals looking for homes, on our pet search.
Buying a puppy? Do your homework!
We have reissued our warning to people to do their homework when they are buying a puppy – and not to buy a pet as a present.
Chief Inspector Ian Briggs, from our special operations unit, said:
There are thousands of dogs in rescue centres desperately looking for new homes, but many people continue to fuel the trade in imported puppies by buying from rogue sellers who simply see the animals as money makers.
At this time of year especially, we want to hammer home the message that people should never buy a dog as a Christmas present.
Having a pet is a major responsibility, and not something that should be done on a whim as a gift for someone.
Never let your heart rule your head and buy a puppy because you feel sorry for it. If you have any reservations at all, you should always walk away.
A full list of advice for potential puppy owners, and what to look out for when looking for a new pet dog, are available at: www.getpuppysmart.com
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