Freedom of information response

Illicit puppy trading

Publication date: 
Tuesday 18 April 2023
Request: 
  1. In 2022, how many enquiries and/or reports of suspected illicit puppy trading were received by your local authority?
  2. In 2022, how many of those are related to imported puppies?
  3. In 2022, how many investigations into suspected illicit puppy trading were carried out by your local authority?
  4. In 2022, how many investigations resulted in no further action?
  5. In 2022, how many investigations resulted in a formal warning/caution?
  6. In 2022, how many investigations resulted in other, formal action?
  7. In 2022, how many successful prosecutions did your local authority undertake in relation to illicit puppy trading?
Response: 
  1. In 2022, how many enquiries and/or reports of suspected illicit puppy trading were received by your local authority? 10
  2. In 2022, how many of those are related to imported puppies? None
  3. In 2022, how many investigations into suspected illicit puppy trading were carried out by your local authority? 10
  4. In 2022, how many investigations resulted in no further action? None
  5. In 2022, how many investigations resulted in a formal warning/caution? 10 (see clarification below*)
  6. In 2022, how many investigations resulted in other, formal action? None
  7. In 2022, how many successful prosecutions did your local authority undertake in relation to illicit puppy trading? None

We write to the address provided and advise of the need for a licence or request clarification that breeding is not taking place.  If no response is received we write a second letter advising of possible further action and potential prosecution if unlicensed breeding is found to be taking place.  I have taken “formal warning / caution” to mean the contents of this second letter*

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Request reference:
FOI 12660