Online pet sales face legal crackdown

New laws could be introduced to crack down on the sale of pets over the internet, amid concerns that sick and illegal animals are being sold to unsuspecting buyers.

Hundreds of cases have been documented of puppies and kittens being sold online that turned out to be underage, sick or not properly socialised. There have also been cases of illegal dog breeds, such as pit bull terriers, being advertised through the internet.

It is feared that many unscrupulous breeders take advantage of the Christmas season to make money, and potential owners do not receive the same animals advertised — if indeed they are sent anything at all.

The Scottish Government says it is now considering new legislation to deal with the issue — via

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