Every year, millions of dogs are traded in Europe, often bought from unregulated online websites or marketplaces. As the number of people looking to buy a puppy online continues to grow, the cruel and illegal trade also soars to meet demand.
Not only does the illegal puppy trade carry high animal welfare risks for puppies, it also comes with risks that new owners do not foresee:
- Emotional- Heartbroken families must deal with the emotional turmoil of losing their new family member.
- Financial- Vet bills are not cheap! The cost of treating a sick or dying puppy can quickly escalate into thousands.
- Legal- Unforeseen quarantine costs and dealing with fraudulent paperwork can be a long and difficult process.