What is puppy farming dog theft

What is Puppy FarmingWhat is Puppy Farming

Puppy Farming and Dog Theft.

Recently it has been reported in the media of an increase in the theft of dogs. During “Lockdown” there have been more people wanting to get a new puppy or dog while they were at home and could spend more time with it. A demand for puppies means that people will take advantage. One of these groups is Puppy Farmers. Through this article, You will learn “What is puppy farming?” and about the increase in puppy and dog theft. Puppy farmers breed dogs repeatedly, one litter after another. The bitch will be useful to the farmers while she can have puppies. Then she will be abandoned or killed. It is a horrible life for a dog which in addition to the poor health and conditions are often full of cruelty and neglect. The farmers can only have more puppies if they have more bitches from which to breed. I am sure you can guess that this type of person wouldn’t consider purchasing another dog when they can steal one. This way, they make more money.

Puppy Farming and Organised Crime.

Puppy farming is a sickening crime which the perpetrators see purely as profit-making. The gangs running these operations are often involved in other areas of organised crime. Many pedigree bitches that are stolen end-up in puppy farms.

These same gangs often target people who have had a litter of puppies with there own bitch. The criminals can easily find the address through answering adverts of puppies for sale. They then get a ready-made little of puppies and a bitch they can continue to breed. Stolen puppies and those from puppy farms are sold at the earliest possible opportunity, often around six weeks old. The young are separated from the mother without being properly weaned, and the puppies are at serious risk of illness and developmental problems. These types of crimes are occurring increasingly frequent, due to the high demand for puppies during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

What is puppy farming dog theft

what is puppy farming

You would have thought the crime trend would have been the opposite and the number of thefts would have decreased. It seems that people have thought that being at home all day and exercising more by walking, it would be the perfect opportunity

to get a dog or a puppy. As with anything when demand is high, prices go up; the cost for some puppies has doubled. Criminals are making the most of it and maximising profits.

We mustn’t forget the other side to the effect on Dogs the “Lockdown” has had. People have been struggling financially and haven’t been able to afford to look after their dog. Dog’s Trust has been rehoming 25% more dogs than this time last year. The impact on dogs is double-sided and what we are seeing is tragic.

How to Protect your Dog?

Here are some suggestions I have regularly given to Dog owners over the years; each one is more important now than ever before.

  • Don’t leave your dog tied up outside while you enter a building.
  • Put up CCTV Cameras covering the approach to your home.
  • Never leave your dog in a car alone (During recent hot weather this is extremely dangerous anyway.).
  • Teach your dog a reliable recall for when you are outdoors, and it is running free.
  • Make sure your garden is safe, check that your dog can’t escape and no one can get in. Check your garden to make sure it is secure if you have a gate then fit it with a lock.
  • Neuter your pet, this can reduce the likelihood of roaming.
  • Put a GPS tracker on your dog’s collar. Although anyone can remove the tracker, it may give you some additional information as to where your dog may be or have been.
  • Microchip your dog and the chip details are up to date.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag, and that has up to date details.

GPS Dog Tracker

It is a legal requirement for a dog to have an ID tag with your name and address on it.  However, if you put your name, address and telephone number on your dog’s tag and you are putting your home security at risk. With that information, it is easy for criminals to lure you away from home and commit burglary at your home

Microchip your pet and keep the details up to date so that if your pet does go missing or stolen, then there is a higher chance they can be reunited. It is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped in England and Wales.

Keep up to date records relating to your dog. Include photographs of your pet and a note of any distinguishing features.

Check out the Breeder.

If you are looking to purchase a puppy, you must do your research. It isn’t always evident that a puppy was bred on a puppy farm or in poor conditions. You are not likely to go to filthy run down kennels; it is more likely to be at someones home. The seller will do all they can to hide the actual living conditions of the puppies.  Ask to see the parents with the puppies and not just a puppy on its own. Look at the surroundings; Does it look like the puppies have been raised in the house? Or, does it look like a single puppy has been allowed to play for a while. Look for anything out of the ordinary. Ask questions about any screening of the parents for genetic conditions, worming, name of the vet. A genuine breeder will answer most questions quite quickly.

It Is Disgusting Report It.

The most important thing to remember is to remember you don’t need to buy the puppy and you most certainly shouldn’t buy it to save it, you would be fuelling the illicit industry. Walk away and report any suspicions to the police or RSPCA.

Sadly many puppies do not survive very long when they are taken home from a puppy farm, or you may end up with high vet fees treating various conditions. The puppies are often infested with parasites, intestinal worms and many of them are younger than the minimum eight weeks. That means they’re taken away from their mothers far too early and either not weaned or only partly weaned.


22 thoughts on “What is Puppy Farming”

  1. Roy says:

    Dog theft and animal abuse is one of the worst kind of criminality. Even if I am a dog owner myself, I didn´t know that puppy farming existed, I have never heard of the term before. I know that there are organized crime stealing dogs and selling them further for profit, but not like puppy farms.

    The guide to protecting your dog is comprehensive and a good guide to protect the most valuable thing you have in your life. CCTV cameras, chipping your dog, and keeping an eye out for your dog all the time is great. I never let my dog tied up outside shops or other places.

    Your advice to do background checks on the breeder you buy from is essential to help in catching puppy breeders or other foul play. If you discover that the “breeder” is not real, report it at once and help in catching the criminals.


    1. Nic Castle says:

      I agree with you Roy, I never let my dog out of my site. I am fortunate, my dog is an assistance dog so she is allowed in everywhere I go. It always surprises me when people leave their dogs tied up. I would be so worried of what could happen to her. For me, a GPS tracker is a small price to pay to try and keep my dog safe

  2. Diane says:

    Yes, unscrupulous people exist in all parts of life, including our beloved pets. It’s quite sad for the dogs and their pups. And you are right, the only way to stop the crime is to stop the buyers. And that can be difficult. How can you leave a puppy who seems to be in such need? But, like you said, it only allows them to continue. So you must.

    Thanks for bringing out a treacherous problem. I’m not sure it will ever be totally resolved. But if good breeders will band together and if everyone will speak up when needed, maybe it will be slowed.

    In the meantime, your points of how to protect a pet are quite well taken–thank you!

    1. Nic Castle says:

      It is a tough call when you know a puppy is in the hands of bad people, but the best answer is to report it to the police or RSPCA. If not the breeders will carry on harming more dogs. Dog owners need to stand together

  3. Joy says:

    Hello there! this is an amazing review you have got here. I am very sure the quality informations here will be of great help to anyone who come across it. I made the mistake of tying my pups outside my compound for hours last week, though I thought it wasn’t right but then I haven’t read anything that speaks against it.

    Thanks for sharing this with me, I have learnt a lot today!

  4. Justin says:

    Hello Nic, I have heard of dog theft some times and I just wonder why will anyone who is ready to have a dog steal one when you could easily adopt your own. This is an last that should be really punished and that is really bad to steal anyone pet. I hope that this post gets wide audience and people get to what is happening in the society 

    1. Nic Castle says:

      Thank you for your comment it is a serious issue

  5. Kimberly says:

    Wow! This is both sickening and very offensive to read about here. Actually, I don’t know why people actually engage in activities such as this just to actually hurt others and the animals involved in general. Well, thank you so much for giving this information here especially how to protect the dogs we own. Thank you so much for sharing here

  6. Md. Asraful Islam says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with us an interesting and excellent article. The principal content of this article is Puppy Farming. It is really pretty that you have demonstrated this topic so well in your article. I have learned a lot by reading your article and gained a lot of cognition about it. Of the points mentioned in your article, I like How To Protect Your Dog? At present, many people keep pet dogs as a hobby, but due to lack of security, many people are not able to do it properly. Hey, there are different types of technology used to protect my pet dog, so I am using a GPS tracker for my pet dog safety.

    So I would say those who want to give such farming can use CCTV or this GPS tracker.

  7. Ann says:

    You have opened my eyes on this topic. And I see there are several issues involved here (of which I had no idea). I have certainly seen an increase in puppies being stolen. My neighbors in fact got there’s stolen. So I figured out I had to be careful with my own dogs. I currently have to pet dogs, of which I’m very proud of, Sparky and Spin.

    1. Nic Castle says:

      I hope sparky and spin are well. Thank you for your comment. Dog theft is terrible the impact can be the same as kidnapping a child.

  8. Rachel says:

    Thank you for bringing light to this issue Nic. So many heartless people believe they can exploit these beautiful animals for profit and it is up to us to be their voice. While adopting a shelter dog should be any new dog owners priority, if an individual is wishing to purchase a specific breed they should do so through a reputable breeder that takes good care of their dogs and doesn’t just breed them in-mass purely for profit. 

  9. Ray says:

    Puppy Farming and Dog Theft is a terrible crime, causing so much suffering and heartbreak. It is really unfortunate that the circumstances surrounding the lockdown have provided the criminals with an opportunity to expand their operations. It is so important that you check out the credentials of the breeder to ensure they are reputable. 

    You have offered some very valuable tips here about keeping your dog safe, and how to maximise the possibility of getting your dog back if it does get stolen. Unfortunately I think the only way of guaranteeing that your dog won’t get stolen is by keeping it within sight at all times, but of course that isn’t always possible.

    I don’t know what the penalties are for those responsible for this kind of crime, however do you think the punishment should be harsher than what it currently is?

    1. Nic Castle says:

      The penalties can be severe, but it is like many crimes, they don’t get the punishment the crime deserves and they end up with a slap on the wrists.

  10. Abel says:

    I agree with you, we shouldn’t buy puppies from these criminals. And we should report them to RSPCA. I hadn’t stopped to think in all the implications (negative implications) puppy farming brought. And I encourage those that don’t mind buying puppies from these people to consider that even the puppies health, once bought, is at risk.

  11. Kimberly says:

    Wow! This is actually both disheartening and tiring to see something of this nature being targeted at the puppies. They are lovely creatures and do not deserve to be subjected to this kind of treatment especially the substandard treatments that they get after they’ve been unjustly stolen. Thanks for beinging this to the notice of everyone to watch out for the puppies and their dogs

  12. Bogadi says:

    We do learn everyday. Puppy farming is a totally new concept to me .This is really sad, it got me teary. Thank you for this insight.

    Thank you also for the detailed suggestions on how to protect our dogs. I believe that this article will be an eye opener to all dog owners and aspiring owners that owning a dog is a great responsibility, This was helpful .

  13. Joseph Stasaitis says:

    This is really crazy stuff. This is the first time I have heard of this but it does not surprise me at all. There are so many unethical people out there ready at the moment to take advantage of others especially when there is any type of emergency situation. Thanks so much for providing ways to protect our animals. Also thanks for the advice of doing research prior to buying a puppy. 

  14. Daniella says:

    Hi Nic,

    I didn’t know about puppy farmers; I am happy I’ve read your article.

    I have two big dogs, and they are tough to control as they are not well educated:) Our fault. So we never take them to the grocery or where there are people or other dogs. It could be problematic.

    Where we live, there are a lot of thieves, and dogs are one of the best ways to make them run away. However, because my dogs are quite impressive, I doubt thieves will try to enter my garden, too. Well, until now, it never happened.

    However, my daughter is thinking of adopting a puppy, so I’ll show her this article. I am sure she’ll find it useful. The GPS for the dog is fantastic. I might get one for my daughter’s future puppy. How many kilometers can you track a dog with the GPS?

    I saw you have training courses on your website and I am sorry if the question is out of the subject. Is the training course suitable for adult dogs? Are the exercises easy to apply? I really need to train my dogs.

    Thank you for this excellent post!

  15. Alejandra says:

    As a dog and pet lover your article got my attention as I was looking for some information on the internet, thanks so much for sharing a good article to know more about this topic that I’m sure will help pet owners and anyone who is interested to get a new puppy for its family.

    I’ve heard from friends and on the news about the growing interest to get a new puppy during the time we all need to stay at home, so sad to know more about bad people taking advantage of hard times on people and on animals!

    Your article is well written and it helped me to know more about what unscrupulous people can do to make some money on stolen puppies! It’s crazy also what they do breeding a bitch over and over just to make money from them to then kill the dog, makes me so sad!

    Thanks so much again for sharing valuable information that I’m sure it will help many to get more information about from who they are buying a new pup and to take care of their pets!

    1. Nic Castle says:

      All I can do is ask people to share this information on social media. The more people  know the more will be done. It is heat breaking knowing what these dogs go through.

  16. Lucas Moore says:

    At the instance of seeing the title page, i was wondering what puppy farming could really mean. On reading down i realized the damage that the act of puppy farming has caused, not only on the health of the puppies but also the society. we need to put a stop to these acts.

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