The Scottish SPCA was delighted to host the first Operation Delphin meeting at their headquarters on Friday 20 October.
We spearhead Operation Delphin, the taskforce dedicated to fighting the illegal puppy trade.
Chief Executive Kirsteen Campbell said, “The illegal puppy trade is a multimillion pound industry that puts profit ahead of animal welfare.
“Puppies are brought illegally to Scotland from Ireland and they are often incredibly ill, have been removed from their mothers too young, and kept in cramped and dirty conditions.
“Operation Delphin is a taskforce made up of the Scottish SPCA, the RSPCA, the DSPCA, the ISPCA, and the USPCA with support from HMRC, Police Scotland’s Port Unit and Stena Line. All of whom have the same goal – to bring an end to this cruel trade.
“This meeting was vital to moving the operation forward. The chief executives of all the charities were joined by representatives from their own investigation units and experts from HMRC.
“The Scottish SPCA is committed to bettering the welfare of dogs and puppies across Scotland and with Operation Delphin and the support of our partners our reach is far greater, and therefore more effective.
“With Christmas round the corner we are all concerned about a rising demand for puppies. We will always encourage people to rescue a pet where possible, but when considering buying a puppy we urge the public to do so responsibly.
“Please only go to reputable breeders – a list of which is available from the Kennel Club. You should always view the mother of the pups, and if possible both parents.
“If you do purchase a puppy and they start to show any signs of ill health seek veterinary attention immediately.”
Kirsteen continued, “We suffer the devastating effects of the puppy trade all year round at our animal rescue and rehoming centres. We truly believe that public awareness is crucial to combatting this horrific trade.”
Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.