Denton and Reddish MP, has joined a Dogs Trust campaign which is calling on the Government to take urgent action to stop the illegal importation of puppies into the UK as the deadline for Brexit fast approaches.

With less than six months to go until Britain is due to leave the EU, the Dogs Trust have released their fourth investigative report into the cruel Puppy Smuggling trade to highlight the significant opportunity the government has to redraw the UK’s pet travel rules – which are currently regulated by EU legislation – and end this cruel trade.

The investigation exposes the magnitude and ease of trade routes into the UK for European smugglers:

  • Found underage puppies and heavily pregnant bitches forced to travel over 1000 miles across Europe and into the UK in sickening conditions
  • Uncovered corrupt vets providing falsified pet passports and fake vaccination stamps for underage puppies
  • Witnessed one dealer in Hungary boast of 300 bitches producing puppies that are advertised and sold in the UK
  • Revealed that after four years and as many investigations, the government has not acted effectively to clamp down on criminals illegally importing puppies
  • Revealed that pet travel legislation is being abused and weak penalties are not a deterrent.

The Dogs Trust has warned that although there has been a rise in puppies illegally imported during the festive season, illegally imported puppies is a huge issue all year round. The organisation has issued advice to help anyone thinking of buying a puppy, to know what to look for, in a bid to stop buyers unwittingly fuelling the trade. The charity has also issued a plea to anyone thinking of getting a dog, to do their research or consider re-homing instead.

Andrew visited the Dogs Trust’s Manchester Rehoming Centre in Denton recently to pledge his support to the campaign.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I’m very pleased to support this Dogs Trust campaign; we’ve got to raise awareness of the plight of illegally imported puppies, who suffer the most harrowing of journeys at the hands of these unscrupulous dealers. 


“With Brexit just around the corner the Government has the opportunity of a lifetime to put robust measures in place that protect dogs and the public. I’m urging the Government to take forward the recommendations of the Dogs Trust to overhaul our pet travel legislation and increase the penalties for those caught fuelling this despicable trade.”


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