The Kennel Club has welcomed the announcement by Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones AM, to review the way dogs are bred and sold in Wales, and in particular her commitment to take tackle puppy farming.
The Kennel Club has been calling on the Welsh Assembly to review existing dog breeding and licensing legislation.
Local authorities have been looking into cruelty and neglect at some puppy farms as part of Assembly Government-funded projects.
Puppy farms mass-produce puppies, keeping them in poor conditions in order to increase profits.
The pups are usually removed from their mothers too early, transported across the country to dealers, who then sell them from the internet, pet shops, free newspapers or even motorway service stations.
As a result the puppies are often not socialised and commonly suffer from fatal health problems including pneumonia and parvovirus, as well as dangerous infestations of fleas and worms, often requiring hundreds of pounds of veterinary or behavioural treatment to fix.
The announcement comes just a month after the Minister announced plans for a complete ban on electric shock dog collars.
Kennel Club Communications Director Caroline Kisko welcomed the review, saying: “We are very concerned that there are a number of breeders with poor standards of care, both licensed and unlicensed, who are getting away with putting profits in their pockets above the health and welfare of their dogs.
“The Kennel Club has nothing but praise for the Welsh Assembly Government’s pledge to ban electric shock collars in Wales – we have led the campaign on banning electric shock collars and have lobbied the Assembly extensively.
“We hope that Assembly Members and the Welsh Assembly Government will work with the Kennel Club and others to take an equally robust stand in relation to puppy farms and poor breeding practice.”