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Dog breeding inspections are ‘going wrong’

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By Josh Loeb

The new dog breeding licensing regime is not working properly because local authority inspectors lack the competence to assess the welfare of bitches and their pups.

That was the claim made by former Dogs Trust veterinary director Chris Laurence, who now chairs the Canine and Feline Sector Group.

He told delegates at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) congress earlier this month that local authority inspectors’ duties were too broad. Many possessed insufficient expertise in the area of dog welfare and struggled to effectively implement the 38-page guidance document produced by Defra.

‘If you are a local authority inspector, the likelihood is that this morning you were inspecting a restaurant for food safety and then you’ll go and inspect a dog breeding establishment and then you’ll go and inspect a taxi firm,’ he said.

‘Expecting …

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