Warning - Check for Legal Papers When Buying a Puppy

Don't get caught out - make sure your puppy has a proper Pet Passport!

A lady from Dunstable who bought a £700 puppy advertised on the Internet has been left with a large quarantine bill after purchasing a puppy with a fake Pet Passport.

The puppy trader said that Reggie had been imported from Belarus, and the Pet Passport would be sent to her at a later date but the Pet Passport never arrived. Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards have since traced the passport and found it to be a fake.

Reggie had to be quarantined for 5 weeks to get his rabies vaccination, at a cost of just under £1,000.

Tracey said: “This has been a very upsetting situation for my family. My four young children were especially upset to see their new pet taken away and it is also a lot of money to try and find, especially at this time of year with Christmas just round the corner. We are now looking to retrieve this money back from the trader.”

Under strict import laws which aim to prevent Rabies from entering the country, all dogs brought into the UK from the EU and EU listed countries must:

*       Have an EU Pet Passport
*       Be fitted with a microchip so it can be properly identified.
*       Have been vaccinated against rabies.
*       In most circumstances a puppy must be at least 12 weeks of age before the rabies vaccination can be given and a waiting period of 21 days after the first vaccination date must be allowed for, before entry into the UK.
*       In most cases the dog must also be treated for tapeworm.

Trading Standards Officers advise people to be extra cautious when buying puppies from internet sites and to make sure they do not part with any money without being certain of the animal's origin.

In doubt about a puppy’s history? Speak to your vet or Trading Standards team before agreeing to buy.