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FOI 11809

Puppy Trading

Request

Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

1. Do yo u require pet shops to declare they are selling and/or trading puppies / dogs – at either initial application or on r enewal?

2. Would a pet shop be required to inform you if they started to sell puppies / dogs mid-way through an annual licence?

3. How m any pet shops do you license which you know to sell/trade dogs or puppies? Please provide figures since 1 Jan 2010.

4. The European Council regulation EC 1/2005 bans the movement of dogs under the age of 8 weeks, unless accompani ed by their mother, when in connection with economic activity (unless in relat ion veterinary treatment / advice). How does the council apply this regulation to the sale of puppies from pet shops under the age of 8 weeks? Also, how does the council enforce this regulation around the transportation of puppies to pet stores from breeding establishments (regardless of whether the breeding establishments are licensed)?

5. When was the most recent date of a council policy review on the subject of pet shop licences?

6. Are all pet shops inspected by the council prior to the granting of a) the initial licence, b) renewal of licence? Since 1 Jan 2010 have any pet shops been granted a licence to trade without an inspection?

7. Do yo u have a policy of granting tacit consent for pet shop licence applicants? Either on initial application or renewal?

8. Since 1 Jan 2010< span class=""> have any pet shops received tacit consen t to trade without an inspection?

9. What policy does the local authority have in relation to the frequency by which pet shops are - a) informally visited by council officials, b) inspected?

10.Please provide the job title (s) of the staff members conducting visits / inspections of pet shops?

11. Do vets attend visits and/or inspections? If so please state when a vet would be attend a pet shop i.e. on initial licence application, renewal, or complaint etc?

12. Do you have a policy of gran ting tacit consent for applicants for dog breeding establishments, either on initial application or renewal? If you have such a policy of tacit consent, please explain whether this could, even in theory, allow applicants for dog breeding licence to ac t as though there licence had been granted without a premises inspection taking place

13. Since 1 Jan 2010Â < /span>have any dog breeding establishments received tacit consent to trade without an inspection?

14 Of the pet shop licences gra nted, how many were granted to what would be widely regarded as commercial premises (I.e. a property with a shop front) and how many were private residential dwellings being used for pet shop trade? Please provide figures for the period since 1 Jan 2010 for 1) a ll pet shops and 2) those which you know to sell and/or trade puppies / dogs?< /span>< /p>

15. Do you request any qualifica tions or certificates from potential pet shop licence holders?

16 Do you ask pet shop licence applicants if they have any restrictions / disqualifications from keeping animals / pet shops / or any other relevant restrictions / disqualifications?

17. Since 1 Jan 2010, have you had any reports of pet shops selling puppies underage, or any other complaint about health and/or wellbeing of puppies/dogs? If so, what action was taken?

18. How many complaints were received from members of the public on licensed dog breeding establishments on an annual basis from 2010-2015? Please detail if any sanctions were taken against lic ense holders following these complaints.

19 How many dog breeding establishment licences applications were denied, on an annual basis from 2010 – 2 015?

20. How much did the council spend on enforcement of non-licensed breeding establishments for the last two years these figures are available for? Where were funds for this enforcement are generated from? If any funding for enforcement of non-licence holders comes from dog breeding licence fees, please provide the exact amount from each licence used for enforcement

Response

1 Do yo u require pet shops to declare they are selling and/or trading puppies / dogs – at either  Would a pet shop be required to inform you if they started to sell puppies / dogs mid-way through an annual licence? YES
3. How m any pet shops do you license which you know to sell/trade dogs or puppies? Please pr The European Council regulation EC 1/2005 bans the movement of dogs under the age of 8 weeks, unless accompani ed by their mother, when in connection with economic activity (unless in relat ion veterinary treatment / advice).

How does the council apply this regulation to the sale of puppies from pet shops under the age of 8 weeks? Also, how does the council enforce this regulation around the transportation of puppies to pet stores from breeding establishments (regardless of whether the breeding establishments are licensed)?
N/A
5 When was the most recent date of a council policy review on the subject of pet shop licences? N/A
6Are all pet shops inspected by the council prior to the granting of a) the initial licence - YES
 b) renewal of licence? YES Since 1 Jan 2010 have any pet shops been granted a licence to trade without an inspection? NO
7. Do yo u have a policy of granting tacit consent for pet shop licence applicants? Either on initial application or renewal? NO
8. Since 1 Jan 2010< span class="">Â have any pet shops received tacit consen t to trade without an inspection? NO
9. What policy does the local authority have in relation to the frequency by which pet shops are - a) informally visited by council officials, b) inspected? SEE NO. 6 AND INSPECTED FROM COMPLAINT
10.Please provide the job title (s) of the staff members conducting visits / inspections of pet shops? VET AND LICENCING AND ENV HEALTH OFFICER
11. Do vets attend visits and/or inspections? If so please state when a vet would be attend a pet shop i.e. on initial licence application, renewal, or complaint etc? – YES ALL THREE
12. Do you have a policy of gran ting tacit consent for applicants for dog breeding establishments, either on initial application or renewal? If you have such a policy of tacit consent, please explain whether this could, even in theory, allow applicants for dog breeding licence to ac t as though there licence had been granted without a premises inspection taking place - NO
13. Since 1 Jan 2010Â < /span>have any dog breeding establishments received tacit consent to trade without an inspection? - NO
14. Of the pet shop licences gra nted, how many were granted to what would be widely regarded as commercial premises (I.e. a property with a shop front) and how many were private residential dwellings being used for pet shop trade? Please provide figures for the period since 1 Jan 2010 for 1) a ll pet shops and 2) those which you know to sell and/or trade puppies / dogs?< /span>< /p>
1)2010 – 5 2011 – 5 2012 – 6 2013 – 6 2014 – 7 2015 - 8
2)NIL
15. Do you request any qualifica tions or certificates from potential pet shop licence holders? - NO
16. Do you ask pet shop licence applicants if they have any restrictions / disqualifications from keeping animals / pet shops / or any other relevant restrictions / disqualifications? - YES
17. Since 1 Jan 2010, have you had any reports of pet shops selling puppies underage, or any other complaint about health and/or wellbeing of puppies/dogs? If so, what action was taken? - NO
18. How many complaints were received from members of the public on licensed dog breeding establishments on an annual basis from 2010-2015? Please detail if any sanctions were taken against lic ense holders following these complaints. - NIL
19. How many dog breeding establishment licences applications were denied, on an annual basis from 2010 – 2 015? - NIL
20. How much did the council spend on enforcement of non-licensed breeding establishments for the last two years these figures are available for? Where were funds for this enforcement are generated from? If any funding for enforcement of non-licence holders comes from dog breeding licence fees, please provide the exact amount from each licence used for enforcement. - NIL