Northants Trading Standards is highlighting illegal imports of dogs after a puppy which hadn’t be vaccinated properly against rabies was brought into the county.
Officials want to use the recent example – where the beagle was purchased by a family in Brackley – as people often have no idea they are breaking the law.
Trading Standards is offering the following advice:
Get as much information about where the puppy has come from.
Be suspicious if the seller cannot show you the puppy with its mother and litter mates.
View the puppy where it was bred.
If the puppy has been vaccinated, ask to see the documentation.
his must clearly state the veterinary practice where this was carried out.
If the seller informs you that the puppy has been brought in from another country, it should have a pet passport with a valid rabies vaccination recorded in it. The date of import must be at least 21 days after the date of rabies vaccination.
Puppies must be at least 12 weeks old before having a rabies vaccination administered, then need to wait a further 21 days prior to travel.
Never pay for the puppy in advance.
Anyone who has concerns about a puppy they have bought should contact their vet in the first instance. If you suspect your puppy has been illegally imported, you can report it to Trading Standards by calling 03454 040506 or by visiting www.adviceguide.org.uk.