Bridgend Residents Urged to Report illegal puppy breeding to Crimestoppers

Residents and businesses in Bridgend County Borough are being urged to speak up about illegal puppy breeding and report it anonymously to Crimestoppers.

The charity has joined forces with Trading Standards Wales to provide a service that enables members of the public to anonymously provide valuable information that can help tackle illegal puppy breeding.

Judith Parry, Chair of Trading Standards Wales, said: “We are delighted to be working with Crimestoppers and giving members of the public a way to report these crimes anonymously.

“Unlicensed dog breeders do not have to follow the rules and will not be subjected to welfare inspections by the local authority – such businesses are known as illegal breeders or puppy farmers.

“This leads to dogs being exploited by criminal gangs to make, and launder, money.”

There are several signs to spot when it comes to illegal puppy breeding:

 

  • They may keep their puppies in awful conditions
  • They may not ensure the animals welfare
  • They may have poorly socialised dogs and puppies
  • They may overbreed from their dogs

 

Janine Nightingale, Bridgend County Borough’s Corporate Director for Communities, said: “We as a local authority support this campaign which will help in the fight to tackle illegal puppy breeding in Wales and will help stop animals suffering in silence.”                                       

If you are concerned or suspicious of illegal dog breeding in your area, then report it to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website and tell them anonymously what you know.