Written Question: Puppy Smuggling

Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many reports of illegally imported puppies the Animal and Plant Health Agency have been called out to in 2018. (195121)

Tabled on: 23 November 2018

Answer - David Rutley:

Enforcement action regarding illegally imported puppies is not within APHA’s remit, but is carried out by Local Authorities.

In 2018 the Animal and Plant Health Agency have been called out 44 times following referrals by carriers or border officials, eight of these related to the importation of puppies.