02:05PM, Tuesday 03 February 2015
Prospective dog owners are being urged by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to think twice about how they buy their new pet in an attempt to crack down on backstreet dog breeding.
The animal welfare charity, which has a base in Old Windsor, launched a major campaign this week to clamp down on the undercover dog breeders who profit from the cruel treatment of animals.
The charity is calling for a ban on the sale of puppies under eight weeks old and the introduction of a breeding licence requirement for any household producing two or more litters or puppies per year.
Dogs used for backstreet breeding are frequently kept in cramped, uncomfortable conditions, are often never exercised and used to produce litter after litter.
“At Battersea Old Windsor we see the consequences of this problem every day, with strays coming through our doors, many of whom show signs of in-breeding and others that have been used to produce countless litters before being turfed out on the street," said Battersea Old Windsor centre manager Kaye Mughal.
“These puppies and breeding bitches are often tomorrow’s status dogs and we must put an end to such inhumane, money-making activities.”
One of Battersea Old Windsor's canine residents Marjorie, a two-year-old Bulldog, arrived at the Priest Hill rescue centre in November showing obvious signs of over breeding.
She was withdrawn, bald in places, unable to sit down due to a prolapsed womb and had long curled claws.
Marjorie has now begun to come out of her shell, showing an affectionate nature, and is looking for a loving home.
Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady, who is supporting the campaign, said it 'sickens' him to think what these dogs have gone through before they are dumped on the streets 'broken and unloved'.
Visit endbackstreetbreeding.org.uk for more information.
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