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Sainsbury’s recalls range of pet food pouches
Amazon launches Wag, its own line of pet products
Nestlé Purina PetCare acquires majority share in personalised pet nutrition business
Innovative pet firms merge with strong growth plans
Animology launches another ‘Essential’ product range
More international buyers expected at PATS Telford
New ethical dog treat range made from wild Atlantic Cod
Pet food entrepreneur in Top 100 list for innovation
PIF and Hadlow College open new dog grooming school
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Record number of British exhibitors at Interzoo 2018
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RSPCA warns against buying puppies on the Internet
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RSPCA warns against buying puppies on the Internet

The RSPCA is highlighting the risks and realities of buying puppies on the internet. It says there are huge issues about buying pets online.


It comes alongside a massive increase in the use of websites to sell and rehome dogs in the last decade. There's been an almost 800% increase in the number of dogs listed on online marketplace Gumtree between 2007 and 2016.

In teaming up with Gumtree, the animal charity is warning buyers to take care when looking for dogs online. It says the internet can provide the perfect marketplace for a trade which puts profit over the welfare of the dogs.


The RSPCA fears the soaring demand for fashionable breeds is fuelling the online puppy trade, as demand drastically outstrips the numbers coming to market through legitimate and responsible sources.


French Bulldogs are the most searched-for breed for sale online, ahead of Labradors, Jack Russells and Pugs. According to figures from the RSPCA and Gumtree, there were more than 66,000 searches for the fashionable breed in February last year alone.


Gumtree UK says it works to ensure its site is a safe place to find pets and makes it as hard as possible for illegal traders to operate on the site. For example, it deletes any ads thatr indicate signs of animal cruelty.

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