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500 dogs a week were smuggled from one farm a week, this is insane and needs to be stoped, make your voice heard and put an end to smuggling of puppies for good.

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Dogs Trust undercover film – (30 minutes long )

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Help Dogs Trust Put An End To Puppy Smuggling

This is Charly, he is just one of the thousands of puppies smuggled into Great Britain illegally. Every day, people in Great Britain are duped into buying underage, unvaccinated and unwell puppies online. 

Underhand breeders take them from their mum at just weeks old, because a smaller, cuter puppy can fetch more money.

Watch his story, and help Dogs Trust tackle the cruel Puppy Smuggling trade:

Don’t fuel the Puppy Smuggling trade

We’re offering advice to anyone thinking of buying a puppy, to avoid them being tricked into buying puppies which have been illegally smuggled into Great Britain. 

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History Of Puppy Smuggling –

Puppy Smuggling When will this cruel Trade Ends?

Kent Live news

More puppies have been seized coming illegally into Kent from Europe “than ever before”, as the Dogs Trust charity issues a warning ahead of Christmas.

Nearly 100 puppies were seized in one week at the UK border during an undercover operation conducted by the UK based charity earlier this year – with Folkestone and Dover being described as “gateways” for smugglers to brings dogs into the country.

The Dogs Trust has issued a warning to prospective owners of the risks of buying an illegally imported pup – highlighting health issues which could lead to increased vet bills and the potential need for quarantine, as well as the cruel practice of smuggling dogs covertly.

Lots of dogs are smuggled in while significantly under the legal age for importation

Research conducted by the charity revealed that only 48 per cent of people felt they would be concerned if their newly bought puppy was purchased illegally, with 33 per cent saying they would “buy a dog from an online classified site or social media”.

Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director for Dogs Trust said: “While many people’s purchases may be well intended, unbeknown to them the internet has become a thriving marketplace for advertising illegally imported puppies.

“Buying an illegally imported puppy could potentially cost well-meaning but unsuspecting families thousands of pounds in quarantine and vet bills and emotional heartache for the family if the puppy falls ill or worse, dies.

The charity is calling for the maximum sentences for illegally importing animals to be increased to act as a stronger deterrent for would-be smugglers.

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The Trust is warning the smuggling trade usually picks up around Christmas

The maximum sentence under the Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals (Amendment) Order 2011 is currently just three months and with importers making tens of thousands of pounds a year, the penalties are not a strong enough deterrent.

“Illegally importing puppies needs to end now,” Paula added.

prove this failing legislation. This includes increasing penalties for those illegally importing puppies and a significant overhaul of the pet checking system at ports.”

French Bulldogs are among the most commonly smuggled breed of dog in the UK

The Dogs Trust has issued this advice to prospective buyers:


1. Ask to see mum and pup together

2. Visit your new pup more than once

3. Get all your pup’s paperwork before going home

4. Walk away if you are at all unsure

5. Report suspicious sellers or breeders

6. Take your puppy to your own vet for a health check asap


1. Meet anywhere that isn’t the pup’s home

2. Buy a pup from anyone who can supply various breeds on demand

3. Buy a pup that looks too young/small or underweight

4. Feel pressure to buy a puppy

5. Buy a pup that you suspect has been illegally imported

The Kennel Club

Puppy smuggling

The Kennel Club is extremely concerned by the number of puppies being smuggled into the UK by unscrupulous dog breeders and dealers who are abusing the current Pet Travel Scheme rules. These young dogs are being sold on to unsuspecting members of the public who do not have a clue where their puppy really originated from or the often horrific conditions they have been raised in.

The PETS rules state that dogs can travel between EU and approved non EU countries without having a blood test but must wait 21 days after a rabies vaccination, which must be given at 12 weeks or older in order to be effective. Whilst this means that puppies should be at least 15 weeks old before entering the country, too many underage dogs are brought in on forged paperwork and passports, without the appropriate vaccinations, at a time when they are at their smallest, cutest and most easy to sell.

This is not only a public health risk as it increases the risk of rabies entering the country but it is also resulting in the abuse of puppies which are being bred and transported in horrific conditions in order to make a profit for traders and breeders. They will then be sold online and through third parties.

There are a number of steps the Kennel Club would like to see being taken, including increasing the age at which dogs can come into the country in order to strike at the heart of the puppy smuggling trade, and improve the training for those at check points or giving government agencies responsibility for check point monitoring.

In the meantime, consumer education is vital and the Kennel Club recommends that puppy buyers – who are often confused about how to tell a good breeder from a bad breeder – always try to buy a puppy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.  The Kennel Club is the only organisation accredited by UKAS to certify dog breeders, under its Assured Breeder Scheme, and as such the Kennel Club sets standards for and inspects members of the scheme.

Failing that, buyers should learn the signs of a good breeder and only ever consider buying a dog if they meet the puppy in its breeding environment and with its mother. They should insist on seeing the correct paperwork, including passport, microchipping documentation, relevant health certificates for the puppy’s parents and vaccination certificates.

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