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Puppy Sales
Call for government action as illegal puppy sales fuel canine welfare crisis

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SURGING puppy sales through online classified sites, foreign imports and smuggling are fuelling a canine welfare crisis, say British animal charities.

Figures released by the RSPCA and classified site Gumtree show that puppy listings on the UK site have increased by 785 per cent over the past 10 years.

In 2016, 204,182 listings for dogs were posted on the online marketplace in the UK and the nation’s top three puppy selling hotspots were identified as London with 15,052 ads (7.4 per cent), Manchester with 10,414 ads (5.1 per cent) and the West Midlands with 9428 ads (4.6 per cent).

The charity said the figures are hugely concerning and highlight the fact that 87 per cent of the calls it gets about puppy trades involve puppies bought online.

Meanwhile, a Dogs Trust report shows huge increases in the numbers of dogs coming into Britain through the pet travel scheme (PETS) and increased dog smuggling.

Total numbers of dogs entering the UK under PETS in 2015 was 164,836, but this leapt up to 275,876 last …

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