Puppy buyers warned of the risks of purchasing illegally imported dogs

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Friday, December 22nd, 2017

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has reminded anyone buying pet dogs of the dangers of inadvertently purchasing animals which have come from outside the UK and have not been properly vaccinated.

In a recent transaction a pup advertised on the Internet was purchased by unsuspecting buyers from a seller who arranged to meet them in a public car park in Mid-Ulster.



The seller had a van full of pups for sale. When the purchased pup was subsequently examined by a vet, it transpired it had been imported from outside the UK, had not been properly vaccinated and was much younger than the 15 weeks advertised.

Jackie Robinson, Director of Animal Health and Welfare Policy at DAERA warned that rabies is still present in many European countries and importing a non-vaccinated pup from a country in which rabies is still present can potentially endanger life.

Speaking to Newry Times, she said, “Owners of all dogs entering Northern Ireland from outside the UK, must be at least 15 weeks old; microchipped; correctly vaccinated against rabies; treated for tapeworm (unless the dog comes directly from Finland, Republic of Ireland, Malta or Norway); and in possession of a pet passport or veterinary certificate.



“There is ongoing illegal trade in pups imported from eastern Europe, and there has been an increase of instances of genuine purchasers being duped into buying illegally imported pups. These pups are often bred in very poor conditions which give rise to major health and welfare concerns.

Jackie continued, “Where the legal requirements are not met, pets will either go into quarantine for a period of up to four months at the owners’ expense, or be sent back to the country they have travelled from, or the dog may be destroyed. This is necessary to keep Northern Ireland free of diseases such as rabies and Alveolar Echinococcus (a very severe human disease caused by tapeworms.)



“In addition to the potential disease risk from pups not properly vaccinated, the current cost of placing a dog into quarantine is approximately £1,000, and this could rise significantly depending on the individual circumstances or the length of stay required until a dog is authorised to leave.

She added, “The reality is that not all families will be able to afford these additional costs and therefore face the risk of having to experience the heartache of not being reunited with their family pet.”

It is also worth remembering there are many puppies and dogs cared for by local animal charities needing new homes with caring owners.



Useful advice about purchasing puppies (and specifically imported dogs) as well as detailed guidance on the requirements for pet animals being brought into Northern Ireland from countries outside the UK is provided on NI Direct at the following link: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/buying-dog-and-responsible-dog-ownership

Alternatively anyone considering bringing a pet into the country can contact Trade Section, DAERA for advice by telephone 028 7034 0872 or tradeadminpost@daera-ni.gov.uk


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