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The international puppy trade is riddled with a “high level of corruption” and “shocking” animal welfare standards, according to an investigation into puppies brought into the UK from Eastern Europe.
Footage released by the Dogs Trust shows criminal breeders, vets and transporters in eastern European countries abusing the Pet Travel Scheme, which allows pet dogs, cat and ferrets to enter Britain without quarantine.
In the footage vets from countries like Lithuania and Hungary were caught on camera creating false pet passports and rabies vaccination records.
Tiny puppies who were far too young slipped through the cracks undeclared to customs because of a lack of checks at ferry ports and borders.
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