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Choose breeders wisely for festive pet presents

Evesham Editorial 16th Dec, 2023   0

EVESHAM and Pershore considering pet presents for Christmas are being urged to buy from reputable breeders to reduce cases of animal cruelty.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services officers fear unscrupulous dog breeders are selling popular breeds which may not be healthy or well cared for.

Increasing vet bills mean new owners are often forced to dump dogs who are continuously ill following a rocky start in life.

Coun Mel Allcott, committee member of Worcestershire Regulatory Services Board, said:

“Becoming a dog owner is a huge responsibility and can also be very expensive, so it is important you carefully consider every detail.

“Buying from a reputable breeder means you can be sure your dog is in good health.

“It also ensures you are given all the relevant information so you understand what you are taking on and the steps you need to take to ensure your new pet thrives and is happy.”

WRS have compiled a list of things to look for when sourcing a reputable breeder including:

  • Go to a licensed breeder only
  • Make sure you see mum and, if possible, the dad of puppy
  • Make sure the pups are seen by a vet
  • Do your homework on the breed you are looking at
  • Spend time with the puppy and the mum to make sure they’re the right temperament for you and your family
  • Make sure you can afford the ongoing costs
  • Book in for puppy classes
  • Rehome a dog from your local rescue

Worcestershire’s Animal Welfare Officer Pip Griffin said:

“Even after more than 30 years doing this job I am still shocked and dismayed by how cruel people can be to these loyal creatures who just want to be loved.

“It is so important to buy from a reputable breeder to ensure you get a healthy dog or, of course, rehome a dog from a local rescue.

“Also consider the costs of looking after a dog especially vet bills which can soon mount up.

“If dog owners do find themselves overwhelmed by a new pet, please get in touch with WRS officers as soon as possible.”

The WRS team can be contacted on 01905 822799.

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