East Riding of Yorkshire Council is again warning of the financial and health risks associated with buying imported puppies.
The warning follows the report of two Pug puppies bought in Goole that had been illegally imported from Eastern Europe.
The council’s animal health officers traced the seller and the remaining six puppies were seized and placed in quarantine for three weeks at a cost of £1,500 to the seller.
Sellers of these puppies are known to import puppies into the UK under the rules for pets rather than those for trade, meaning they do not have the correct health certification.
Councillor Jackie Cracknell, the council’s portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “Resist the temptation to buy dogs which do not have all the right paperwork, like certificates or passports. Don’t let your heart rule your head when you are holding them.
“Apart from the obvious financial implications of having to pay up to thousands of pounds in quarantine fees, you may be putting at risk your life and those of your family if the dogs are diseased. Remember, if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
For further information on importing an animal visit the AHVLA website www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad, contact the council’s duty animal health officer (01482) 396107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently, two puppies illegally imported from Bulgaria to the Netherlands were reported to have rabies, which can lead to the death of any person or animal coming into contact with the saliva of the affected animals.