Saturday, 15 November 2014

Puppy smuggling risks rabies outbreak, Dogs Trust warns

14 November 2014 Last updated at 01:50


An increasing number of dogs are being transported to the UK from eastern Europe, risking an outbreak of rabies, a charity has warned.

Undercover footage recorded by the Dogs Trust shows vets in Hungary and Lithuania creating false passports and falsifying papers.

It says some puppies are not being vaccinated and others are too young.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says abuse of the system needs to stop.

The rabies vaccination for puppies does not work if they are aged under 15 weeks.

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