Dog breeding numbers in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3564
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Research shows that for many young people, dogs are increasingly viewed as a commodity; this view is leading to an increase in backstreet breeding. What does the Met estimate the scale is of unlicensed breeding across London and what are they doing to tackle this issue?

Answer

Answer for Dog breeding numbers in London

Answer for Dog breeding numbers in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS does not have specific information in relation to unlicensed breeding within London and has not had reports of unlicensed 'puppy farms' for a significant period of time. The MPS work closely with the RSPCA Special Operations Unit and Heathrow Animal Reception Centre in respect of providing assistance enforcement of illegally imported dogs through air, rail and ferry routes and where linked to organized crime. There are no active police investigations into unlicensed breeding.