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The Lisieux police court (14) examined this Monday, June 13, 2022 a complaint filed by the Stéphane Lamart association against an Australian shepherd breeder for ill-treatment. When looking for a puppy, it is sometimes necessary to find one’s way among the good and the bad breeders. Here are some tips if you want to buy a purebred dog or cat.

The ad still exists on a classifieds site. “Our puppies are looking for families, they come from beautiful bloodlines and they grow up in a family environment. We sell our puppies from 1,000 euros”. Attractive announcement and yet, the idyllic universe sold by this breeder of Australian Shepherds seems far from reality. The owner of this family farm, located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge (14), appears before the police court in Lisieux (14). He is being prosecuted for ill-treatment by the Stéphane Lamart association “For the defense of animal rights”, recognized as being of public utility.

In May 2019, the Stéphane Lamart association received a report from an owner of a 7-month-old Australian Shepherd puppy named “Micha”, which she had bought the day before from a farm for the sum of 500 euros. She had just had a veterinarian see that her young dog was not in good health. He suffered from ear infection, leg problem, muscle atrophy and malnutrition. The puppy also suffered from behavioral problems and its owner had not received any identification or vaccination papers.

Following the complaint, checks were carried out in May 2020 by the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of the Populations of Calvados (DDPP14) on the premises of the farm. Checks that revealed serious deficiencies in terms of hygiene, particularly in the maternity ward. Since then, the breeder has done what is necessary to bring his farm up to standard.

We saw in court a breeder who was concerned about complying with standards. The problem is that he always acts a posteriori, always after having been checked.

Master Christophe Gerard

Lawyer for the Stéphane Lamart Association

If the breeder risks a fine for these breaches of hygiene, he will not be condemned for his sometimes dubious practices in terms of administrative obligations. When buying the puppy, the breeder had given no identification papers, nor any certificate of good health of the animal to the owner. It is nevertheless an obligation.

Another client, who bought her American Shepherd in 2018 from the same breeder for 1,500 euros, took more than a year to obtain her pedigree certificate. “When I bought my dog, he told me that he would send her to me quickly, but despite my verbal or written reminders, I waited a year to obtain this important paper which guaranteed to me that my animal was from purebred” testifies Martine, who admits to having doubts about the seriousness of the breeder.

The law is very clear on the subject. A breeder or an individual does not have the right to sell or give away an unidentified puppy or kitten. The animal must be identified by a tattoo or an electronic chip at the time of purchase or donation. A breeder or an individual must also provide a certificate of good health for the animal. It is also an obligation.

This is important because this certificate of good health allows you to appeal against the seller in the event of a dispute. It is also a protection for the breeder or the individual. When you sell a puppy or a cat, you must also give a booklet in which everything is explained, veterinary care, food, the character of the breed and how to educate it.

Stephane Lamart

Founder of the Association for the Defense of Animal Rights

If you plan to buy a puppy or a kitten from a breeder, you have to take your time and look carefully at the pedigree of it. To check if it is trustworthy, you can contact the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations (DDPP). This organization, which exists in each department, is approved by the prefecture to monitor farms or shelters. It is with him that you will be able to know if the breeding is declared and if you can trust him.

You can also ask the breeder for his Siret number. With this number, you go to the Sirene directory site and enter the Siret code. It’s a bit off-putting, but it will allow you to verify that he is declared as a dog or cat breeder. It takes a few minutes, but it’s already a first guarantee of seriousness.

The number of breeds sold by a breeding is also an indicator of seriousness. “ A small breeding, which does no more than two or three breeds, is also a reassuring point, because the breeders who offer you six, seven or more breeds do not all have perfect knowledge of the breeds they offer. specifies Stéphane Lamart, who has been fighting for animal protection for 20 years.

An Australian Shepherd is not educated in the same way as a Malinois”. Last step to take before deciding, visit the breeding. You will be able to see the essentials, with the exception of the nursery, if there is one. This will allow you to see the sanitary condition of the premises. Cleanliness is not an absolute criterion but it often says a lot about the owner of the breeding.

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