Leeds protest over alleged Dogs4Us ‘links to puppy farms’
EXCLUSIVE: A protest is to take place next month outside dog sellers Dogs4Us in Leeds, accused by campaigners of buying puppies from puppy mills.
The protest will be held on 21 June outside the company premises on Waterloo Way by campaigners who are “calling upon Dogs4Us to cease their trade in live animals.”
Campaigners believe the pet providers are linked to ‘puppy farms’ that breed dogs irresponsibly, and say they will continue to protest against them until they cease trading.
The campaign was created after Channel 5 News investigated the company in 2012 over alleged links with Welsh puppy farms where dogs were filmed living in squalid conditions.
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But Dogs4Us slam the links with puppy farms as “utter nonsense”.
A statement on their website states: “We feel at Dogs 4 Us that it is time to set the record straight in relation to various pet forums that have sprung up on the internet.
“This very small percentage of people in the U.K. who are trying to discredit our good name by linking us with puppy farms. This is utter nonsense and does not represent what Dogs 4 Us is all about.
“We pride ourselves on the customer service we offer. Many customers are so pleased with the service they receive they come back again and again, they also recommend us to their family and friends. We have also had quite a few celebrity customers too!”
The website also states that the company purchases from licensed breeders, it has announced and unannounced inspections, and that it is licensed to sell puppies.
Over 50 people have said they will be attending the protest on social media.