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Online Animal Auctions

October 2014

Dogs NSW is appalled and alarmed by the burgeoning inhumane practice of online auctioning of French Bulldogs and other popular breeds through Facebook and www.myminiacution.com.

Dogs NSW is also deeply concerned by reports that the price being asked for the alleged rare colours in various breeds, on offer, are many thousands of dollars more than the usual market price.

The public is urged to check the facts before committing to a purchase. Claims made by sellers that they are auctioning rare colours and pedigrees not normally available in Australia are usually incorrect, misleading and may constitute false advertising. Especially of concern are unsubstantiated claims of the superior health of these pups.

Research by The Kennel Club UK shows a very high percentage of pups purchased online have health issues and a significant proportion die from a variety of causes within the first few weeks.

Dogs NSW warns prospective buyers of the practice by unscrupulous puppy farmers claiming to be members of Dogs NSW when in fact they are not. Genuine members have been provided with a membership card displaying their membership number and prospective buyers should request to sight it. Membership numbers are verifiable with Dogs NSW.

Dogs NSW strongly advises all prospective buyers of any puppy to fully research the breeding and health of the pup prior to contemplating any purchase. All buyers are advised to ensure that vaccination and health certificates have been issued by a registered Vet for the specific puppy. Also a feeding and care guide along with the appropriate food to take home for the first few days of puppy ownership will be provided by all responsible professional breeders.

Our members must comply with the Dogs NSW strict Regulations and Code of Ethics. These are rigorously enforced by Dogs NSW and they expressly forbid members offering dogs for sale by auction. Breeders who are members of Dogs NSW, offering a puppy for sale, must display their membership number issued by Dogs NSW and this can be verified by contacting us.

Dogs NSW recommends prospective buyers meet the parents and family of any pup they are considering purchasing, inspect pedigrees of the parents and assure themselves that the pup they are purchasing is a healthy, well-socialised puppy who is able to fit into their lifestyle. Breeders registered with Dogs NSW are skilled in offering such advice to people seeking a new puppy and should be the first source you consider before committing to a new dog in your life.

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