Using secret filming, reporter Sam Poling follows the supply of the multimillion pound world of the dog trade. BBC Scotland says third of all dogs bought these days are believed to have come from puppy mills using unethical breeding methods. This is beyond unacceptable for any human creature, let alone a family pet.
During filming at the kennels, the BBC found hundreds of breeding bitches in battery-farmed conditions.
The investigation discovered traders hiding behind fake identities online to profit from the illegal sales of puppies. They found one such dealer, Liz Baird, who had previously been prosecuted and banned, advertising puppies for sale online under a number of false names.
The journalists and reporters tried to get in contact with as many malevolent breeders and they succeeded at tracking down a man named Mr O’Neill who regularly travels between Scotland and Ireland to restock on dogs.
The cameras have been following the supply chain from source to sale. In the documentary, Michaela Harvey says Ms Baird sold her a Jack Russell-Pug crossbreed puppy for £395 in an Ayrshire car park. The dog, named Bane, fell ill and died three days later.
Secret filming of Mr O’Neill revealed he was making buying trips to the Republic of Ireland and illegally bringing back hundreds of dogs to Scotland, without pet passports or rabies injections. He refused to take part in the programme…