Wales

Stricter puppy farm regulations come into force

puppies in a yard
Image caption The new Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 aim to improve dog welfare

Stricter rules for dog breeding have come into force in a bid to end irresponsible breeding practices in Wales.

The regulations will affect people who keep three or more breeding bitches.

They include having a minimum staff ratio of one person to 20 adult dogs and also require breeders to socialise puppies to encourage good behaviour.

The new rules aim to improve breeding standards.

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