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The UK’s Kennel Club and Dogs Trust have welcomed the decision by one of the most famous department stores in the world to stop the sale of puppies.

Following meetings with representatives from both the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, London’s upmarket iconic Harrods store has closed its Pet Kingdom department.

“We are thrilled that puppies will no longer be sold in Harrods and would very much like to see other stores which sell puppies follow suit, as the sale of dogs in pet shops can unfortunately encourage puppy farmers,” commented Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary.

Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust Chief Executive, added: “Whilst Dogs Trust warmly welcomes the news of the closure of the Harrods Pet Kingdom, it is a shame that the stated reasons for it were motivated by commercial interests and not animal welfare.

“A pet shop is not an appropriate environment in which to sell puppies and kittens and our supporters have long expressed their concern about the UK’s most famous department store selling pets.”

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Both the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust continue to lobby for a change in the law to prohibit the sale of dogs in pet shops in the UK, and see this, along with public education on dog ownership and how best to buy a dog, as the best way to protect the welfare of puppies being sold and bought.

Responsible breeders will not sell their puppies through pet shops and instead insist that potential buyers see their puppies with their mothers and in their home environment; putting the puppy’s health and welfare first.

Both charities believe that a pet shop simply cannot offer the proper environment needed to home puppies, even on a temporary basis. They strongly advise that people avoid buying puppies from pet shops, as these are often outlets used by puppy farmers, who breed their dogs in poor conditions, leading to health and behavioural problems.  

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