Ellie investigates the puppy import from Hungary to the Netherlands – Hungary being the most prominente land of origin of illegal pups. She uncovers a huge business: the illegal puppy trade is actually one of the top 3 most lucrative criminal activities in Europe (after the drugs trade).
In this documentary, you can see how the mother dogs are kept: countless dogs of countless breeds are chained, and kept together in huge, dark, dirty hangars.
The pups get taken away from their mother as young as 4 weeks of age, to be put on sale. They then stay in huge distribution centres in Hungary, where they are just dumped together and sorted by breed.
They then get transported to the Netherlands (often at a totally illegal age, and thus not appropriately vaccinated). A ‘hot’ region for this is Brabant, where the pups are then put up for sale, at sales point with tons of puppys staying there. They present themselves online as small-scale breeders, and they pretend that the recomposed litters are actually all from the same mother and they they grew up in a home environment. This whilst there is of course no possible way of tracing the mother, who is probably still chained in a dark hangar.
In an ideal world, pups are kept and raised with love, and not as a commodity. A litter belongs in the home and if one same address advertises for more than a handful of pups, red flags should be popping up in your head. Especially if they sell multiple breeds.
The circumstances in which the dogs are kept are awful. Images from police raids are hard to watch: dogs who are chained for their entire life, dogs who have not seen the light of day in years, dogs with such serious wounds that you can see their bones! Dogs with diseases that go untreated, and dogs who don’t even get enough water and food.
Pups from all over Hungary are moved en passe from their birthplace to massive distribution centres, where they get dumped together with other pups, and sorted by breed before being transported to the Netherlands, Germany, and the rest of Europe.
As you can imagine, the pups get little in the way of attention and socialisation during this process; and the ideal age for being separated from your mother does not rank highly on the list of priorities.
Considering the state of neglect that the dogs are kept in, and the lack of appropriate veterinary care, many pups arrive in your home sick – some dying.
Besides the awful toll this takes on the individual pup’s quality of life, you also end up with huge veterinary bills in the thousands of euros.
Dogs who come from the illegal puppy trade grow up in very unfavorable circumstances where they seldom enjoy any attention, and they often arrive in the Netherlands completely estranged from people, to name but one issue. These dogs are often incapable of functioning as a family and city dog – at least not without help from a dog behaviour specialist (if you are having trouble with your imported dog’s behaviour and you’re based near The Hague, contact us for help).
Only the most resilient dogs make it through the proces psychologically unscathed. Below, a couple of examples of predictable problems:
Let’s all treat dogs like they are living, breathing beings with emotions, and not some commodity.
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