Everyone who has ever run a business knows that to attract customers into the store, the shop window must look appealing. Today’s shopfront is a website, and the website for Lily’s Puppy Boutique in Stockport certainly looks very professional, but hides a very sad story of farmed puppies, trafficked from Ireland.
The registered owner of the website is in Dublin -
Registrant Name: Cher Batty
Registrant Address: 13 Upper Baggot Street
Registrant Address: Second Floor
Registrant Address: Dublin
The property the puppies are sold from looks like a smart family home, a great shop window for any buyer who is expecting puppies to be raised and live in a house, which is a fairly normal expectation. Indeed, it’s unthinkable that Toy Breed puppies, like Pomeranians and Yorkshire Terriers should be kept in outside buildings. The phone number on the website is no longer answered.
But this appears to be the case with Lily’s Puppy Boutique. Puppies are being sold illegally as the owners hold neither a breeding nor a petshop license. Planning applications to Stockport Council to sell dogs from the house were turned down on planning grounds, whilst the Council noted that a puppy selling business already existed.
Lily’s Pet Boutique claim to campaign against puppy farms
but also admits to buying puppies in
the only place you can buy litters from is a puppy farm.
Happily, last week the Police and RSPCA raided the property and seized 50 puppies, including Westies, Labradors, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Pomeranians and Huskies. Their website shows a range of so-called designer breeds, too.
Arrests were made with charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering.
Raids in the North West last November in the Stockport area linked illegal puppy selling to puppies being smuggled in from the Republic of Ireland from unlicensed puppy farms. Lily’s Puppy Boutique admit they buy in puppies.
When they were first raided in November of 2012 the police found 90 puppies, some of them in buckets. Of these four were dead and six needed veterinary treatment.
Two of the dead puppies were found in a bucket in the footwell of a car. The police described the conditions the puppies were in as “shocking”.
One of the “quality claims” made on the website is that Kennel Registration accompanies each puppy – read what we have to say about this and similar companies.
The RSPCA, who accompanied the police on the raids believe the puppies were bred on illegal puppy farms in Ireland and smuggled into the UK. Animal welfare charities say it is a very significant business with up to a thousand puppies being smuggled into the UK for sale in outlets like this every week. It is believed that when the November raids occurred the puppies were there to supply the Christmas market. At prices up to £1,000 this is an extremely lucrative business.
It’s no coincidence that the website for this business is owned by an Irish company.
Anyone buying a puppy from sources like this is helping to perpetuate the awful misery of the puppies themselves during their early weeks, but even more terrible the enduring distress of dogs and bitches bred until they are worthless to the puppy farmer – what happens to these bitches, bred from every season until they are no longer reliably fertile, is too awful to think about.
They are treated as machines and will be disposed of similarly.
This video features licensed puppy farms with up to 500 breeding bitches. One farmer claims that as all the dogs live in pens and have never been exercised they are perfectly happy with their conditions. You will certainly find it shocking – please remember that every puppy bought without his littermates and mother present is likely to have been bred in a production line like these poor dogs.