When Scampi’s first owner first saw the cute ball of fluff, he was in a small and dirty box with his five littermates on a shop floor.
Scampi’s parents were absent, and no adult dogs could be seen.
This was in a UK pet shop that had a licence to sell pets from the local authority.
Ellen Myring, Blue Cross Animal Welfare Assistant, said: “The shop assistant told the buyer that the puppies were between the age of 10 to 12 weeks, meaning that Scampi and his littermates would have spent a period vital to socialisation inside a shop environment and missing out on a crucial learning period that should have prepared them for later life.”
Shortly after being brought home from the shop, Scampi became sick and over the next few weeks visited the vet numerous times to be treated for sickness and diarrhoea.
As part of our report into the enforcement of pet breeding and sale legislation, we have accessed the inspection report for the pet shop that kept Scampi and other puppies for sale through a freedom of information request. A comment on the report states that one of the rooms that puppies are kept in “had no light”. Another of the inspector’s remarks notes: “I have suggested that [the seller] vets and meets all … breeders”; indicating that the breeders of pups sold at the premises had not been questioned about their breeding practices by the person selling them.
We cannot confirm that these are the conditions that Scampi was kept in, but are seriously concerned for the welfare of puppies being sold at these premises when the inspection took place. Without vetting a breeder, a seller of puppies cannot check that the whole canine family is well cared for or healthy enough to breed. And puppies should be kept in suitable conditions, with access to light being a minimum requirement.