Buying a puppy? A word of warning

In his report to Bury Parish Council at the meeting on 15th March, District Councillor Alan Sutton provided the following commentary from Chichester District Council for prospective puppy purchasers: –

The demand for puppies has increased significantly since the March 2020 lockdown. We’ve received an increase in reports of unlicensed breeders, and reports that some are using the excuse of Covid restrictions to get round legal requirements. For example, not allowing buyers to visit the breeder to see the puppy with its mother before making a purchase. We will continue to use our social media to remind people looking to buy a puppy to always check that the breeder is licensed, and, if they are going to visit a breeder, remember to stay alert and observe social distancing. We have a list of licensed breeders on our website at