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Police warning over Co Tyrone puppy farms

Police have issued a warning about buying puppies online. Credit: PSNI
Police have issued a warning about buying puppies online. Credit: PSNI

Police have issued a warning about the dangers of buying dogs through unlicensed puppy farms and online adverts.

Posting on social media, PSNI Dungannon and South Tyrone described a typical situation where puppies are advertised for sale through various websites and on social media.

"Answer the advert from the recently created profile then call the random unregistered mobile to get directions," they wrote.

"You’ll be told to meet an unlit location, the pups aren’t there, they’re at a nearby house but it’s hard to find so we’ll take you there."

After arrival at the house, hundreds of pounds are quickly handed over for a dog.

"Make the most of the week you’ll have with the pup, it’ll be dead within seven days from a Parvovirus, not to mention the hundreds of pounds of vets fees," police said.

"As long as the above keeps happening – and it is on a regular basis - then the illegal breeders and puppy farms will continue. Sounds obvious but do not buy dogs from random adverts and puppy farms."

Police said they are investigating a number of such cases in the Coalisland area.

They have urged anyone with any information regarding those who may be involved in the practice to contact them on 101.

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