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.
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.
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.