Smuggled dog warning to people looking for new pets

A smuggled dog

A smuggled dog

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Peterborough’s Trading Standards team is encouraging people thinking of buying a dog to be wary of illegally imported puppies.

There have been a number of cases in and around Peterborough recently where puppies are being brought into the UK illegally.

Two young puppies that were sold subsequently died and Peterborough Trading Standards are currently investigating.

A number of other puppies have had to be placed in quarantine at the owner’s expense, after it was discovered that they were imported directly from Lithuania.

Trading Standards recommends that people make sure they know where their new puppy has come from and that it has had a health check by a vet.

If you suspect your puppy has been illegally imported, or have information that can assist Trading Standards in its investigation, contact tradingstandards@peterborough.gov.uk