Campaigners protest outside Leeds puppy superstore
A protest has taken place outside dog sellers Dogs4Us in Leeds, who have been accused by campaigners of being linked to ‘puppy farms’.
On Sunday, campaigners gathered outside the branch chanting and giving out leaflets calling for a boycott.
The campaign was set up following a Channel 5 News investigation several years ago which documented Welsh puppy farms where dogs were filmed living in squalid conditions.
Luke Beevers, spokesman for the campaigning group, said: “Dogs4Us were exposed by Channel 5 News and Sky News buying puppies from puppy farms. These dogs are raised in cruel conditions and suffer a number of genetically acquired illnesses from the level of inbreeding that they are subjected to.
“Many people have contacted us to inform us dogs they have bought from the store suffer terrible diseases or in many cases have even died. We urge members of the public to adopt animals rather than buy them.”
During the demonstration, one protester was allegedly arrested after a complaint but released shortly after without charge.
A spokesperson from Dogs4Us said: “Dogs 4 Us is a well established reputable business, licensed and regulated by the Local Authority.
“Our stores are purpose built and all our staff are well trained and care emphatically for the puppies we sell. Our puppies are of the highest quality and our breeders are licensed and regulated by their own Local Authorities.
“With reference to the Channel 5 programme some six years ago there was no evidence of puppy farming and the producer of the programme confirmed this to us.
“With regard to the small number of protestors who may attend our premises from time to time – they are the same handful of individuals that protest against animal rights, testing laboratories, dog racing, etc. It is also alleged that many of these protestors have been to Court for offences committed such as damage to property, malicious phone calls, threatening/intimidating behaviour to staff members etc etc and their actions against licensed businesses such as ours.
“We do not find anything peaceful in relation to their protests they appear misinformed about the realities of our business.”