A recent investigation made by the largest UK dog charity organization revealed some disturbing facts about illegal import of dogs. These smugglers are supposedly making millions in the process.
The dogs that are sold for british households have come a long way. The dogs are bred in countries like Hungary and Lithuania under very poor circumstances. Diseases like worms and rabies are not uncommon. This is a threat that can could cause major troubles if not stopped. It should not be taken lightly, as it already has spiraled way out of control.
You can help address this problem by reporting any suspicious activity to the government. Before buying from a wholesale, have him/her explain the dogs true origin. They should have legal documents in place on request.
If you want to figure whether a puppy is illegal or not, you could take it to the veterarian. He/she would be able to identify the puppy as illegal landed foreign import if thats the case. If you dont do this and show up at the veterarian without approved papers, you could risk having your dog abandoned.
The most popular dogs imported to UK are french bulldogs and pugs. These two brands are regulary to be found online for as little as £800 each. This means that a dealer who smuggles in packs could earn upwards of £4000 per delivery. This makes dog smuggling a very profitable business.
The smugglers are finding a hack in the passport system where they can abuse the amount of puppies approved for declaration. The dogs welth foundation wants anyone considering to buy a dog online to stop and figure where the dog could be coming from.
Author: Susan Quintanilla