Ryedale Welfare Officer Warns on Illegal Puppy Breeding
4:07pm 16th October 2014
Ryedale's Animal Welfare Officer has issued a warning to those wanting to buy a puppy, saying some dogs are being used as "breeding machines".
Brian Dunn, who's just been honoured for his work by the RSPCA, was speaking after he rescued one dog in Rosedale recently.
Brian rescues around a hundred stray dogs a year across Ryedale and says the numbers of strays are increasing. A lot of the time it's because owners can't afford vets bills for older animals or because a dog has puppies which are abandoned.
But Brian says strays are taken into kennels and re-homed as soon as possible. He adds it is a very rare event for a stray dog to be put to sleep in Ryedale.
Dog owners in the district are being asked to be responsible and keep their dogs with an ID tag on their collar and that they should also be microchipped before the law changes in 2016 to make it compulsory.
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