Club has claimed the public is making puppy farming worse by continuing to buy sick puppies after research found that one in three puppy buyers do not “take responsible actions” when sourcing a pet.

The Kennel Club (KC) has claimed the public is making puppy farming worse by continuing to buy sick puppies.

Puppies from puppy farms can be poorly socialised, unhealthy and suffering from poor welfare, says The Kennel Club.The claim comes after research by the club found one in three puppy buyers do not “take responsible actions“, which could prevent them buying a farmed puppy, which is likely to be poorly socialised, not vaccinated and suffering from poor welfare. The KC claims potentially more than 250,000 people a year buy a puppy from a puppy farm, meaning puppy farmers are making millions of pounds.

KC secretary Caroline Kisko said: “We want to reach out to puppy buyers and stop them handing money over to dog breeders who don’t have a care about animal welfare. We want to stress to people they should never pay money to someone they suspect of being a puppy farmer, even if they think they are doing a good thing by rescuing the puppy from the situation.”

To help educate the public in how to buy a puppy, the KC is holding its annual Puppy Awareness Week in September (2013), where it will be advising people how to source a new pet.

“It is easy to buy a puppy responsibly,” Ms Kisko continued. “At the KC we have several thousand breeders who have signed up to the KC Assured Breeder Scheme, who abide by a number of rules and regulations which mean these breeders have committed to breed their dogs responsibly.

“When looking for a puppy, look for a KC Assured Breeder and always insist to meet the puppy first, in its breeding environment with its mother.”

For more information on Puppy Awareness Week, visit the KC’s website.

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