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Tough New Dog Breeding Rules to be Introduced

Tough new dog breeding rules are to be introduced, the Government has announced. The new rules will make it illegal for anyone to sell puppies under 8 weeks old. In addition, anyone settling three or more litters a year will need to get a licence. 

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said "Everyone who owns a pet or is looking to introduce one into their life will want to know that the animal has had the very best start to life, yet for thousands of puppies born each year to smaller 'backstreet breeders', their first weeks are spent in cramped and squalid conditions without the care and attention they need. That is why we are cracking down on the worst offenders by strengthening the dog breeding licence and giving councils the power they need to take action."

The move has been welcomed by vets, the Kennel Club and dog charities/welfare groups. 

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