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Puppy smuggling trade continues during lockdown, says Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust is warning the public about the perils of buying dogs via online adverts after rescuing dozens of smuggled pups since the start of lockdown worth tens of thousands of pounds that were destined to be sold on to unsuspecting UK buyers during the peak of the lockdown puppy-buying rush.

Since the beginning of lockdown on 23 March, when demand for puppies began increasing rapidly, Dogs Trust has rescued 43 dogs via its Puppy Pilot scheme  that were illegally imported into the UK from central and eastern Europe, with an estimated street value of £80,000.

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