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You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeMONKLANDS dog breeders are being urged to join a new scheme started by the SSPCA as part of their efforts to tackle the puppy dealing trade.Scotland’s animal welfare charity say they have seen a seismic increase in public demand for puppies over lockdown, leading to bad breeders taking advantage of the situation, putting profit over the welfare of the dogs involved.Many examples have shown puppies to have been taken from their mothers too early, or having been riddled with infectious diseases caused by lack of proper vaccinations or unsanitary conditions.Sadly, the charity has cited a number of puppy deaths at their new homes and new owners having to pay for expensive veterinary treatment.To help fight that, the SSPCA is asking people to sign up to their ‘assured puppy breeder scheme’.Gilly Mendes Ferreira from the charity said: “Now, more than ever, we need to provide assurance for the public that they are buying from responsible breeders.”The general public can view members of the scheme through our ‘say no to puppy dealers’ website and look in to buying a puppy safely from them.”We don’t currently have any breeders in Lanarkshire so we are very keen for reputable breeders in the area to sign up to help us tackle the low welfare puppy trade.”Get the latest Lanarkshire news straight to your inbox!Don miss a thing from your area sign up for the new Lanarkshire newsletter!From the latest breaking news to the agenda setting stories, get it all in your email inbox.Put your email at the top of this article or follow the instructions on this link!The voluntary scheme is available to any dog breeder in Scotland.The SSPCA has developed a framework for responsible breeding and inspectors will assess applications and visit breeding premises annually to make sure high welfare standards are in place.The scheme is free and the charity does not profit from the sale of any puppies, but does receive a small commission from Petplan for any litters registered.Gilly continued: “Our mantra is ‘adopt don’t shop’ and we will always advocate rescuing rather than buying. But, as long as puppies are suffering due to this industry, we will do what we can to bring down this despicable trade.”Sadly, public demand for the ‘next day delivery’ of a puppy remains sky high and this is fuelling the multi million pound low welfare trade.”We’ll continue to tackle traders and dodgy dealers, but we also want to highlight the breeders in Scotland who prioritise the welfare of parents and pups.”We know there’s thousands of breeders across the country who do just that and we hope many of them will join this scheme.”We are very pleased to have the support of Trading Standards Scotland. This gives the public another avenue they can report concerns to, especially if they spot adverts on online selling sites they think are fraudulent.”.

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