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Queen's Speech Reaction: Dogs Trust Statement On Animal Welfare Inclusion

1 year ago

11th May, 2021 13h24

Dogs Trust

Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust Chief Executive said:

 “As set out in the proposed plans for the new parliamentary session there has been a commitment to cracking down on puppy smuggling, alongside promoting and protecting animal welfare more widely.

 “For over six years we have been tirelessly lobbying the Government to tackle the cruel puppy smuggling trade, so we’re thrilled they have finally listened to our concerns. During that time, we have rescued thousands of illegally imported puppies who have had the most traumatic start to their young lives and have come into our care in horrific conditions. It’s been a hard-won fight and a long time coming, but the battle is not over yet.

"For a change in the law that puts an end to the unnecessary suffering of puppies once and for all, the devil really will be in the detail. To ensure this commitment has a real impact, the Government must:

“We want to thank all of our dedicated supporters and the MPs who have been with us on this journey. We will continue to work closely with the Government to be the voice for innocent puppies and ensure all proposed legislation effects real change.”

For more information about our work on puppy smuggling visit: and to read our undercover investigations visit:

Case study: Sean the Sharpei was rescued by Dogs Trust after he was illegally imported into the UK

 Sean the Sharpei was just eight weeks old when he was seized at the border in Kent in January 2021, as he was being illegally transported into the UK. This is well under the 15 weeks that puppies must be to legally travel across European borders.

Before he was intercepted, he had been transported thousands of miles across Europe from Romania and was likely destined to be sold on to a family here in the UK for a large sum of money.

Sean had so much excess skin, this was causing his eyelids to roll in and rub on his eyes – which is incredibly painful and meant that Sean did not even open his eyes. There were old stitches which were likely placed to try and help this, but unfortunately were not working. Whilst Sharpeis may struggle with skin problems, staff were shocked at how bad his skin was.

Whilst in Dogs Trust’s care, Sean has already had to undergo one surgery to correct the rolling of the eyelids and alleviate the pain he was in, but there is the likelihood he will need further surgery before adulthood.

Sean is now being cared for by Dogs Trust’s Puppy Pilot scheme. 

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