Puppy farming is a travesty.
It is lucrative and welfare standards are compromised in pursuit of profit.
Early in 2013 legislation affecting breeding establishments will be incorporated in The Welfare of Animals (NI) Act 2011.
It will place controls on large breeders (3 bitches or more) and introduce traceability into a murky world of puppy breeders and dealers. It will not take on the many backyard breeders who have sprung up around the province.
Their activities will be monitored by the local authority Animal Welfare Officers.
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