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‘Well overdue’ ban on third party puppy sales announced by government

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By Robin Fearon

Anyone wanting to buy or adopt a dog will have to deal with the breeder directly or go to a rehoming centre if a ban on third party puppy sales suggested last week by the government goes ahead.

Environment secretary Michael Gove launched a ‘call for evidence’ on plans to ban third party puppy sales as part of a ‘crack down on unscrupulous breeders’.

Banning third party sales in future would mean pet shops and pet dealers could not sell puppies unless they had bred them.

The call for evidence, which is open until 2 May, was announced alongside a raft of strict new rules for pet breeders in England. The new rules were put before parliament last week and will come into force in October 2018.

The rules will require:

  • Licensed breeders to be banned from dealing in puppies or kittens under the age of eight weeks.

  • Puppies to be shown …

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