Council warning on buying puppies from unlicensed breeders

Doncaster Council has issued a warning around unlicensed dog breeders following a series of complaints with puppies dying just days after being bought.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 5:00 pm
Doncaster Council has warned against buying puppies from unlicensed breeders
Doncaster Council has warned against buying puppies from unlicensed breeders

The coronavirus pandemic has meant an increase in people buying dogs, which has resulted in higher prices and more unlicensed dog sales in the borough.

Some breeds are selling for four times the average price of certain dogs.

Council bosses said in certain cases, puppies have been purchased from the side of the road where the customer doesn’t know the name or address of the seller, and in some instances puppies have later died.

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People are being urged to think carefully before buying a puppy, only buy from licensed breeders and consider carefully and do additional research when buying through word of mouth or social media.

Officers said licensed breeders should display their licence number and the inspecting council name on any adverts.

Breeders are inspected initially by a vet and by the council every one to three years. They should provide documentation at the point of sale including health certificates, veterinary report/ records, insurance, microchip documentation and vaccination card as well as a sales contract.

A list of legitimate breeders can be found on the council website

Coun Chris McGuinness cabinet member for communities, said: “It’s easy to get carried away when buying a puppy, but I would urge people to think with their head and not their heart.

“We are investigating the complaints we have received and doing what we can to stop illegal breeders and the mistreatment of pets but we need people to help with this by being vigilant.

“Remember to ask for the paperwork and do sufficient research and checks before entering into a commitment. This is as much to protect the buyer as to protect the health and wellbeing of the dog, as sadly so many of these unlicensed breeders are mistreating the animals.”

To make a complaint about an unlicensed breeder operating in Doncaster, email [email protected]

To see a full list of licensed dog breeders, visit