Dogs Trust

Lesley Griffiths AM meets with Dogs Trust at Royal Welsh Show to discuss im’paw’tant issues

Dogs Trust met with the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM, at the Royal Welsh Show to discuss responsible puppy buying.

The animal welfare charity, which has 21 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland, including one in Bridgend, cares for nearly 15,000 dogs each year and never puts a healthy dog to sleep. In the last year Dogs Trust has rehomed more than 600 dogs in Wales alone. 

Dogs Trust’s stand was also visited by Michael Gove MP, at the time Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mohammad Asghar AM, Darren Millar AM, Llyr Gruffydd AM, David Rees Am, Mike Hedges AM and Helen Mary Jones AM during the Show and were able to draw their attention to the issue of puppy smuggling and how future dog owners can buy a puppy responsibly to ensure they are not falling victim to the illegal puppy trade. 

Every year, many people are duped into buying puppies by corrupt breeders who often sell sick pups, bred in horrendous conditions and even transporting them thousands of miles from Eastern Europe to fulfill the demand in the UK. Many people are falling victim to online adverts for breeds such as Pugs, Dachshunds, English and French Bulldogs with their profiles often hiding the true reality of their health and where there have been bred.  

Dogs Trust's Campaign Manager for Wales, Rachel Burr, said:

"We were delighted to be visited by Lesley Griffiths AM, as well as the other MPs and AMs who took time out of their busy schedules to meet with us; it was a great opportunity to tell them how people can buy a puppy responsibly to ensure they are getting a healthy pup that is bred for health and not profit at the expense of welfare. 

“We would always ask anyone considering bringing a four-legged friend into their life to rehome a rescue dog. We have thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes in our rehoming centres all looking for new forever homes. However, we do understand that people sometimes want to buy a pup from a breeder but we are urging anyone looking to buy a puppy to thoroughly do their research before making the purchase to ensure that the pup has been bred responsibly with their welfare in mind and not to line the pockets of dishonest breeders." 

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said:

“It was great to meet with Dogs Trust at the Royal Welsh Show. It goes without saying that, as a nation, we love dogs so it’s fantastic that Dogs Trust are doing as much as they can to raise public awareness of the need to act responsibly when buying puppies, as well as the need to do research before making any purchase. We will continue to work closely with them to build on this work and to raise awareness of the importance of responsible animal ownership." 

To find out more, visit https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/issues-campaigns.