Website to report unlicensed breeders and illegal puppy traders launched

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Following a “groundbreaking” jail sentence for an unlicensed breeder who sold sickly puppies, animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS and partners Animal Protection Services (APS) are launching an online reporting system called Stop Puppy Traders.

“The online form will allow concerned members of the public to report cases of unlicensed breeders and illegally imported puppies to the team,” FOUR PAWS says in a statement. “Investigators and prosecutors will scrutinise every report to build a case to take to court.”

James Parry, Solicitor of Parry and Welch Solicitors, says, “We have detected around 40 potential unlicensed breeders in the Lancaster area. To hear so many cases is ground-breaking, and we hope it sends a clear signal that this objectification of animals is no longer ok.”

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Emily Wilson, FOUR PAWS Head of Campaigns, says, “We are delighted to be working with Animal Protection Services to give a voice to the animals who are overlooked and seen simple as profit-making.

“Whilst FOUR PAWS advocates an #adoptdontshop approach to pet ownership we understand that some people struggle to find the right pet for them and we want to offer support to those that have suffered at the hands of those callous breeders and traders.

“We believe Stop Puppy Traders will seek justice for victims of this low risk, high reward trade and demonstrate that such abuses cannot continue.”

If you have been affected by an unlicensed breeder or an illegally imported puppy, fill out the form here.


  1. I work for a G’v’t organisation that deals with fraudulent income, I come across several unlicensed puppy breeders per week. Is there an organisation that has any legal jurisdiction over them and can implement punitive measures?

    • it would be great to contact you. i know dog breeders who in theory should have a license, they are onto their 3rd breeding session. they are selling the pups for £5000 each. just had 10 pups today. obviously not declaring it and they are selling them as american bullies when actually they are not american bullies. people!

  2. In Wales even breeders of one or two litters a year, if breeding for profit, should have a licence under the The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Wales) Regulation 2021, and the related Guidance notes for conditions for Selling Animals as Pets. The Guidance has been in force since 28th October 2021 but FOI requests to date have revealed that only one council out of the 22 in Wales has issued a licence for small scale dog breeders (I have yet to hear from 8 of the councils). Some councils seem to be ignorant of the fact the regulations and guidance apply to dog breeders. I believe that even in England breeders of one or two litters should now have a licence if they are breeding for profit – see the relevant business test.

  3. I wish to notify you of a puppy farm at 14 Crypt Court Tuffley Gloucester. Several dogs are in the property, they are not let out or exercised and whine all day. … Their owner is unlicensed, has several security cameras in place to alert her to unwanted visitors.

  4. Hi how can I report a person not sure on name and address but this woman is on benefits and has 3 dogs she is constantly breeding ,
    On Facebook and Instagram selling these pups
    It’s NORTHWEST_K9S , she just sold 9 pups chowers and now other dogs are pregnant


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