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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, 26 March 2012

Sylvesters Pet shops, Harrow and Hanwell, owner prosecuted.

This is fantastic news for all groups that campaign against the sale of puppies from pet shops and dealers.  It has taken a long time to reach the point of a Court hearing and a successful prosecution but the end result is a one to be applauded.  It proves that forward thinking Councils are prepared to act against pet shop licence holders that flaunt the law.   


This is why it is so important for anyone who purchases a puppy from any outlet that is dissatisfied to contact the Council responsible for Licensing the trader, Trading Standards or Consumer Direct with as much information as possible and if asked please be prepared to give a written statement.  It is only through factual evidence that Councils can reach the point (after seeking advice from their legal representatives) of presenting a case to Court.

It will not be for your own puppy you are seeking justice but for all the others sold through pet shops and dealers, not forgetting the breeding dogs responsible for producing thousands of puppies each year for the puppy trade.

Even if the pet shop has offered you a refund for your puppy and asked you sign a disclaimer (do not sign) you are still entitled to refund if you have been mis-sold.  Seek advice first from Consumer Direct before you approach the pet shop.

Do not be fobbed off with useless often incorrect sales talk given by dealers and pet shops.  Better still never buy puppy from a pet shop or dealer.   


  1. I am pleased to see that this shop has now been closed down.
    There are so many unwanted animals that people could give homes to - why do people pay large sums to breeders and shops in order to get a 'pedigree' animal. The sale of animals, as a commodity,is a hideous trade run by people who have no conscience, and certainly no love of animals. Pedigree breeding has been shown to have serious problems resulting from inbreeding, many of which have caused dreadful health problems for the resulting offspring. I can only agree with Patricia that no one should buy an animal from a shop or dealer as it will serve to continue the trade which causes misery to defenceless creatures.

  2. Linda - there are a lot of responsible breeders of pedigree dogs - I am a hobby breeder myself and love my dogs dearly. I also actively support efforts to stop puppy farming and the selling of puppies through third parties.
    I am extremely offended by your comments about pedigree breeders.
    In all honesty you really need to do more research so that you can get a more balanced view of things because yes its true that there are a lot of bad breeders (the same as there are a lot of bad parents in the world) but there are also a lot of good ones. What we need to do rather than slating everyone is find the good ones and encourage them so that we can put the bad out of business.

    1. I agree with you.I am fed up of hearing this argument and have left one FB page because of abuse by the "anti all breeders" stance.

    2. I agree with you both. I`ve also left FB pages when people demand we get our dogs from rescues and slate ALL breeders and the KC.

  3. This shop has not closed down, it's up and running and has loads of puppies in stock. I would never buy a dog without seeing it with its mum. Besides, there are thousands of dogs desperate for a home at Dogs Trust, stokenchurch dog rescue and many more. Please stop people making money from tiny lives and not caring where they go to.

  4. I think the reason some people don't adopt is that shelter's make it so hard to do so