The Kennel Club is backing a campaign seeking to raise awareness about puppy farms.

The Kennel Club is backing a campaign seeking to raise awareness about puppy farms.

TV vet Marc AbrahamPUP AID 2010 – which takes place at Stanmer House, near Brighton, on September 19 – is organised by “social petworking” website www.ThePet.net

Marc Abraham, The Kennel Club’s veterinary advisor and co-founder of ThePet.net, hopes PUP AID will help people understand how to choose a happy and healthy puppy, rather than a sick or diseased farmed one.
 
He said: “Puppy farming is a big and ever-growing trade in the UK.The puppy farms mass-produce puppies, often keeping them in poor conditions to increase profits.

“The pups are usually removed from their mothers too early, transported across the country to dealers, who then sell them via the internet, pet shops, free newspapers or even at motorway service stations.
 
“As a result the puppies are often not socialised and can suffer from fatal health problems including pneumonia and parvovirus, as well as dangerous infestations of fleas and worms.

“Breeding bitches are usually kept in cages or small pens and rarely see daylight or touch grass. They are mated whenever in season – just being fed enough to keep them producing pups – with little or no veterinary care at all.”
 
Caroline Kisko, The Kennel Club’s communications director, said: “The Kennel Club is actively campaigning to stop puppy farming and PUP AID is a great event which will certainly help to raise awareness of this cruel industry.”

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