Category: Trading Standards

Bedford Borough Council advice for buying a new furry friend

A new furry friend can make a great addition to the family. But Bedford Borough Council is warning residents to be cautious and carry out checks after reports of illegal puppy trading.

Bad dealers and breeders are selling puppies that are too young, imported from other countries, haven’t had the appropriate vaccinations, and without the right paperwork.

This can result in the puppies being quarantined and not allowed to go to their new owners.

The Dogs Trust also has concerns about the welfare of the puppies caught in the illegal dog trade. This can leave unsuspecting families picking up the pieces when they just wanted to give a puppy a home.

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Trading Standards warning over smuggled pup

Buying a cute puppy overseas may be cheaper and a cute puppy may be a good addition to a family, but Central Bedfordshire Council Trading Standards is warning well-meaning residents to be aware of the requirements for bringing a pet into the UK.

Earlier this week, officers from the trading standards team stepped in after receiving a report that a Houghton Conquest resident had recently entered the UK from Ireland with a new puppy without following the law.

As a result, the puppy was required to be taken into quarantine for monitoring and will now be microchipped and receive a rabies vaccination, all at the owner’s expense.

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Summer fun – don’t fake it!

It’s finally summertime; the days are longer, the mornings are brighter, and drinks are colder. Many of us will be buying new items to take us through the summer months, such as sunglasses, new makeup, sun tan lotions, and even a new phone charger to take on holidays.

But how do you know you’re getting the real deal? Buying a bargain is always tempting, but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Fake goods may seem a cheap alternative, but many are harmful and could cause injury, sometimes severe.

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