500,000 UK puppies bought online per annum

Animal Health

An online threat to the welfare of puppies has been uncovered by a recent survey undertaken by The Kennel Club. It’s survey shows that one in three buyers would not know if they were buying from a rogue puppy dealer online, and did very little research when making their purchase, indeed less than two hours was cited.

Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said: “The internet is making it easier than ever before to buy things instantly, and this is having an alarming impact on the way people expect to buy a puppy“ and a third of those 500,000 puppies bought online will become ill or die in the first year of their life.

“The Kennel Club survey shows that one in three buyers would not know if they were buying from a rogue puppy dealer online“

The Kennel Club estimates that over a million puppies are purchased each year without the buyer actually seeing them first, a fifth of whom do not see the animal with its mother, some claiming they were introduced to the puppy in the presence of its mum, but were of the opinion the mum was not actually the real mum. 31% did not see the puppy in its breeding environment at all.

The statistics roll on. 23% thought their online purchase might have been from a puppy farm, they just don’t know, and 12% paid for their puppy without having set eyes on it. 630,000 puppies, out of a dog population estimated at 9 million, were bought by owners who had the pet delivered to their home.

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