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Saturday 2 August 2014

Animal charity issues warning on animals being sold online

Anita McSorley

Published 16/05/2014|10:42

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An ad posted by a party selling an animal - such ads have been brought to the attention of the DSPCA who have launched an investigation
An ad posted by a party selling an animal - such ads have been brought to the attention of the DSPCA who have launched an investigation
An ad posted by a party selling an animal - such ads have been brought to the attention of the DSPCA who have launched an investigation
An ad posted by a party selling an animal - such ads have been brought to the attention of the DSPCA who have launched an investigation

An animal charity has launched an investigation into online animal trading standards.

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The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) want to put an end to unauthorised users selling animals online without any documentation.

During their investigation, they found a number a number of ads which caused them deep concern.

Alex Petrilli, one of the senior managers at DSPCA, explained what they found during their investigation.

“There are multiple adverts showing unacceptable volumes of puppy trading. In one case, a seller had over 15 different dog breeds advertised, which amounted an average of 150 puppies that were kept in unacceptable conditions.”

On Monday, the DSPCA met with senior management from DoneDeal, the largest seller of animals online. They brought a number of advertisements, which had caused them some concern, to their attention and asked for help in identify the sellers.

The company are now urging people who spot these these ads to report it to them immediately.

“There are other websites where this happens but DoneDeal is the largest, with an excess of 4,000 live adverts every day. You should have to provide documentation if you want to sell an animal. At the meeting, DoneDeal told us they are currently working with the ISPCA and they plan to employ six more people to monitor sellers,” said Alex.

The DSPCA say they would like DoneDeal to remove the animal section of their website with immediate effect, but the ISPCC warned this may have a dangerous effect.

Dr Andrew Kelly, CEO of the ISPCA said:  “If DoneDeal was to shut down in the morning much of the market would be driven underground and it would be much more difficult to track down illegal sellers. We would urge members of the public who spot suspicious sellers to report it immediately either to us or DoneDeal.”

John Warburton, CEO of DoneDeal,  echoed this statement.

“As an organisation and individuals we at DoneDeal love dogs in all shapes and sizes and we continually strive to improve the welfare of all dogs across Ireland.

"The DSPCA calling on DoneDeal to cease all sales of animals on our site would actually drive the market underground and make it very difficult to track down those who sell animals illegally.

"We would urge everyone who notices anything suspicious when it comes to dog breeding to report it immediately either directly to us or the ISPCA who we work closely with.”

DoneDeal say they have put many measures in place already, such as permanently banning any person who advertises too many breeds or advertises too often and letting rescue centers re-home animals through on their website for free.

The DSPCA are continuing their investigations.

Irish Independent

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