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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 12th December 2018

Crack Down on Rogue Puppy Breeders

New rules to protect pets and crack down on rogue breeders came into force across England on 1st October. The regulations mean anyone running a business involving animals, whether selling or boarding, will need a licence from their local council. Sellers must include their licence number in any advertisement – including online or on social media.

Dealing in puppies or kittens that are less than eight weeks old will be banned, and puppies must be shown with their mother before a sale can take place.

There are five types of business that will need a licence:

• Selling an animal as a pet.

• Providing or arranging boarding for cats or dogs outside of the animal’s home, whether overnight or day care.

• Hiring out horses.

• Breeding dogs.

• Keeping or training animals for commercial exhibition.

Anyone who already holds a licence under the old scheme does not need to apply for a new one until the original one is due to expire.

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