RSPCA Cymru has urged families thinking of getting a puppy this summer to consider the benefits of adopting a rescue dog – as shocking new figures reveal reports received by the charity about puppy trade concerns in Wales have soared 330% in the last decade.

Advice has been issued to prospective dog owners as the bombshell new figures reveal that the murky puppy trade is a growing problem in Wales.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “It is distressing … Continue reading…

A tiny beagle – saved from a failed smuggling attempt via Holyhead Port – is the star of a new report lifting the lid on the “horrifying” conditions the illegal puppy trade can subject animals to.

Hugo was one of 96 puppies rescued by RSPCA Cymru, and other bodies, as part of a multi-agency operation at the North Wales port in November 2016.

The new digital, interactive report – which contains new footage, photographs and testimonies – tells the story … Continue reading…


We have welcomed the launch of a new study into the puppy trade across Europe, amid concerns of poor welfare standards and breeding practices.

We have concerns that dogs and cats within some EU member states are being bred irresponsibly and with welfare standards that fall well below even the minimum standards in the UK.

Joe Moran, our senior parliamentary adviser for Europe, said he hopes the new study by the European Commission could be the first step towards … Continue reading…