The Kennel Club has raised serious concerns after being made
aware of Ealing Council's consideration to increase the number of
puppies that can be held on the premises of a local pet shop, from
8 to 40.
A public hearing is being held at Ealing Town Hall today (Monday
30thMarch 2015) to consider a variation to Hanwell Pet Store's
licence. The consideration by Ealing Council highlights the issue
of dog welfare in pet shops and the ongoing concern that pet shops
sell dogs purely for profit, allowing welfare standards to
deteriorate. The Kennel Club is therefore hugely concerned by the
outcome of today's hearing.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "As the largest
organisation in the UK dedicated to the health, welfare and
training of dogs, the Kennel Club represents a large percentage of
responsible dog owners, including those in the Borough of Ealing,
and we feel they would be hugely concerned at the consideration to
significantly increase the number of puppies in a pet shop from 8
The Kennel Club has stressed the essential need for
socialisation in the first weeks of a puppy's life to Ealing
Council and highlighted statistics from its annual Puppy Awareness
Week survey that highlighted that 41 per cent of people who bought
a puppy in the last year did not see the puppy with its mother and
53 per cent did not see its breeding environment, meaning those
puppies are highly likely to have been bred by puppy farmers and
sold on by third parties including pet shops.
As detailed within the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust's Puppy
Socialisation Plan, developed by dog behaviourist Carolyn Menteith,
the foundations for a puppy's future behaviour and character are
laid down in the first 16 weeks of its life. This is a vital time
when it is possible to develop the puppy's brain, and shape the way
they will turn out as an adult dog. This is also the time when most
problem behaviours can be prevented, long before they even start,
giving the dog a far more certain future - and the new owner far
fewer potential problems.
The Kennel Club has now written to Ealing Council and will wait
to hear the decision of today's committee hearing.