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Appeal to Puppy Traders and people transporting dogs and puppies to the UK

Thursday November 05, 2015

Appeal to Puppy Traders and people transporting dogs and puppies to the UK


 


This week the DSPCA have taken in 9 puppies, 5 of which were part of the seizure at Rosslare Port last week.  We are delighted to be able to assist the Wexford SPCA and these animals, following a short period of foster care will be available for adoption.  These puppies were seized because the owners did not have the correct paperwork or vaccinations to allow them be transported from the Republic of Ireland into the UK.


 


The DSPCA would like to remind people that there is legislation in place governing the movement of puppies and dogs, both of peoples own dogs and those involved in commercial trade.  The key requirements are that all puppies and dog much be accompanied by their EU Pet Passport and have been properly vaccinated and microchipped.  Full details on following link


 


Speaking on behalf of the DSPCA, Brian Gillen CEO said “People seem to still be unaware of the rules surrounding the export and travel regulations for dogs and puppies.  Please make sure you are familiar with and obey the rules or the DSPCA and other Authorised officers have the right to seize and prosecute owners.  If you are a person transporting puppies or dogs for sale in the UK or Europe there are even more rules for you including animal welfare regulations and required certificated certificate issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine within 48 hours of scheduled departure time.”


 


As we are now approaching the Christmas period we expect to see a significant increase in the number of puppies exported by puppy farmers and puppy traders from the republic to the UK.  We are issuing a caution to any individual who may be contemplating shipping puppies illegally that the above provisions are in place.   Those individuals who do not comply may have their animals seized and face prosecution.


 


Notice to anyone wishing to bring a dog or puppy out of the Republic of Ireland into the UK or Europe by ferry (non-commercial movement where there is no sale or change of ownership involved) must have the following:


 


•             The dog/puppy must be identified by a microchip (a transponder readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785) which is registered on the Fido Database;


•             The animal must be accompanied by an EU Pet Passport in respect of the animal which demonstrates that the animal is currently immunized against rabies


•             In cases where the number of dogs/puppies being moved exceeds 5, a veterinary health certificate to demonstrate that the animals have been clinically examined within 48 hours of departure is also required unless the owner can show proof that the animals are being brought to compete in a sporting event or other competition. 


 


Persons wishing to trade dogs to other EU Member States must:


•             Register the premises on which the animals are born and/or reared (from which they are being exported) with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.


Ensure that each animal (including each puppy/dog) is:


•             Is identified by a microchip (a transponder readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785)


•             Is accompanied by an EU Pet Passport showing a record of –


•             Microchip identification of the animal, including date of insertion (which must precede date of vaccination);


•             Proof of immunization against rabies. Animals must be a minimum of 12 weeks old before a rabies vaccine can be administered. The immunity takes effect 21 days after vaccination, so in fact pups must be a minimum of 15 weeks of age before they are eligible to travel between Member States of the EU;


•             That the animal underwent a clinical veterinary examination within 48 hours of departure, to confirm that the animal shows no signs of diseases and is fit to be transported for the intended journey.


•             Details of veterinary treatments (anti-echinococcus treatment, other anti-parasite treatments and other vaccinations) administered as required.


•             Ensure that each consignment is accompanied by a veterinary health (‘Balai’) certificate issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine within 48 hours of scheduled departure time.


•             Ensure that animals have access to food and water for the duration of the journey.


•             Ensure that animals are consigned out of the country by an approved Type 2 transporter only.


 


Dogs/puppies moving in trade to other EU Member States may leave Ireland through any of the ferry ports. In the event that such animals are found to be not compliant with the Regulation they will be denied travel and will be returned to place of origin at the owner’s expense. It is an offence under the Pet Passport (No.2 ) Regulations 2014 to import or export or to attempt to import or export a dog/puppy in contravention of the Regulations.

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