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For years I have campaigned against puppy farming, dealers and pet shops, in fact any outlet that is involved in the breeding and selling of puppies by third parties. Why you may ask? Because it is a clandestine trade that lacks public awareness and Governments fail miserably to accept that puppy farming resulting in puppy trafficking is detrimental to animal welfare. Through my thoughts on my blog I will highlight some of the daily happenings from my perspective as a campaigner against the puppy trade.

Disclaimer: My name is Patricia from Puppy Alert, the opinions and views expressed on this blog are entirely my own.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Aardvark Kennels, a nine month old puppy, still waiting!

How long is too long for a puppy to be waiting to be purchased in a pet shop?  I was shocked to find on my visit to East London pet shops that puppies were still waiting to be sold at 16 weeks and 26 weeks but now to told one is waiting to be sold at 9 months beggar's belief.  This is outrageous, what are the Council licensing officers thinking of when they licence pet shops?  They should  take into consideration that puppies may not be sold within the first few weeks of arrival in the pet shop and some like this puppy may still be waiting for someone to pay the hefty price tag of £1,200.  'This one is cheap' I was told by the shop owner 'the others went for £1,700'. 

Councils can place extra conditions on pet shop licenses if they are expedient to the purpose of the Act - so why are they not doing so I have to ask?

Who has sold this puppy to a pet shop and left it and its litter mates to the fate of the unknown?  Who did not care what happened to their puppy other than someone was willing to pay the price to take it off their hands?  Not a breeder from Wales or Ireland this time but a dog breeder who was prepared to register the litter with the Kennel Club, supply the registration documents and pedigree to the pet shop, an act which contravenes the Kennel Club code of ethics.  A breeder that registers a litter of puppies with the Kennel Club agrees not to sell puppies to a dealer or wholesaler.  This breeder has sold not only this litter to the pet shop but a previous litter too, was the information given to me by the pet shop owner.

To make matter worse this poor puppy soon after arrival to the pet shop was treated by a vet, given an antibiotic due to an eye discharging and diagnosed with an abscess.  This I was advised had now cleared up but the puppy is left with a cloudy eye and limited sight in one eye. What else is going on here, oh yes, the puppy is in season in the pet shop or out the back where ever this pet shop owner keeps his older puppies.  'Too young to be bred from yet'  I was advised by the pet shop owner 'but will be a lovely dog to breed from in the future'  In fact the pet shop owner thought he would do just that, then for some reason that he did not enlighten me, changed his mind - maybe the the selling price of £1,200 seemed a more attractive immediate option than keeping this puppy any longer and breeding from her later or was it her eye condition  or due to her pedigree breed she may require a cesarean to give birth and costs were a factor.

My understanding from the information obtained from the pet shop that the breeder of this English Bulldog has the KC affix of Briaroak, the dam is Valglo Sixpence and the Sire Stowgate Santa Claus at Briaroak, a little research in the KC breed supplements has revealed the breeders of this puppy as Mr E J & Mrs D Liveley. 

This puppy is publicly advertised not only in the pet shop but on the Internet too even announcing that the puppy is in season.  Does this contravene this persons pet shop licence to advertise a puppy for sale in season?  I would have thought so but we will wait and see.      


  1. This puppy is now safe and sound ;)

  2. Thank you, I am so pleased.

  3. Patricia can you send me an email address, I need your help - bulldogrescue@btinternet.com

  4. oh my word was she a brindle and white bully with a long tail??? if so I was going to buy her from him but he charged me way too much!!! more about money then the welfare of the dogs ide say!

  5. Hi, would it be possible to have some contact details for you ? We recently got a dog from a sad owner who could no longer keep him but he has come from Aardvark kennels with the postcode of E6 3PG and i want to trace some more info out on this dog after looking at their website and seeing how young the dogs are and what condition they are sold in it may give us some clues about the latest addition in our house !! Thanks Amy

  6. I bought a 9 week old Labrador/Border collie cross from AARDVARK KENNELS in July 2013. The poor girl had parvo virus, horrible pneumonia, was dehydrated and underweight. We spent the whole month at the vets with her almost every day. At some point we thought we were going to lose her. Luckily, after many sleepless nights and a lot of money spent on the vet she recovered.

    We reported AARDVARK KENNELS to RSPCA!!!

    AARDVARK KENNELS is a horrible place. The conditions they keep the poor puppies in are appalling. I have also seen (by chance when they guy who works there opened the door to the backyard) that they keep older puppies, ones that they didn't sell, in the backyard of the shop. They need to live in even worse conditions.

    DO NOT BUY puppies from this place!!