Scottish dog enthusiasts are advised to monitor their animal welfare carefully before buying online. One in five puppies bought online were ill or died in their first year. According to Kennel Club, sales in Scotland grew by 25% last year. Before selling it, buyers are urged to carry out three “puppy checks.”
The Scottish government said that next year it will introduce legislation to restrict the selling of young animals. In Scotland, almost half of all dogs are purchased from an approved breeder and only over a quarter. Buyers are asked to track warning signs from illegal puppies before Christmas, especially online, where most of these dogs are sold.
The checks include requesting that the mother of the puppy and documents such as certificates of vaccination be viewed. Potential purchasers are warned that puppies will be rescued from illegal or dangerous situations. The buy-a-puppy-safely campaign instead urges people to “look beyond sweetness’, and to move beyond sales and to call SPCA.
Rural and Environmental Affairs Minister of the Scottish Government said that marionette farms breed misery, and the great demand for puppies drives misery and makes it easier by online advertising and sellers.
Dogs that have been bred illegally are more susceptible to genetic disorders and fatal infectious diseases. They are more susceptible to aggressiveness, fear, and anxiety.
After legislation in England this year and Wales banning the sale of young animals by those who were not involved in the breeding, there were fears that Scotland could become a hub for illegal trade.
Similar legislation has been proposed from the Scottish Government, which a voice-officer said would be put into effect in 2020 to prevent sales from being made directly to the breeder by third parties for puppies and kittens.
When a 25-year-old Clackmannanshire student found an online puppy advertisement, she called the seller and agreed to meet them immediately. She said the price was fine, very inexpensive, but now it’s probably the first indication that there’s something wrong. Her daughter Anastasia, three years old, was pleased to hear that she was getting a puppy. But the 10-week-old Chihuahua, whose family was named Daisy, soon changed. Only five days after the dog had been bought for £350, a veterinarian had to put it down because of the discomfort the puppy was facing.