The Lisieux Police Court (14) examined this Monday, June 13, 2022, a complaint filed by the association Stéphane Lamart against an Australian Shepherd breeder for mistreatment. When looking for a puppy, it is sometimes necessary to find your way between good and 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 look for families, come from beautiful bloodlines and grow up in a family environment. We sell our puppies from 1,000 euros”. Attractive advertisement and yet the idyllic universe sold by this Australian Shepherd breeder seems far from reality. The owner of this family farm, located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge (14), appeared before the Lisieux police court (14). He is being sued for ill-treatment by the association Stéphane Lamart “For the defense of animal rights”, recognized as a public utility.
In May 2019, the association Stéphane Lamart received a complaint from an owner of a 7-month-old Australian Shepherd puppy named “Micha”, which she had bought the day before on a farm for €500. She had just taken a vet to see that her young dog was in poor health. He suffered from an ear infection, leg trouble, muscle atrophy and malnutrition. The puppy also suffered from behavioral problems and her owner had not received any identification documents or vaccinations.
Following the complaint, checks were carried out in May 2020 by the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of the Populations of Calvados (DDPP14) at the premises of the farm. Checks which 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 concerned about complying with the rules. The problem is that it always acts a posteriori, always after it has been verified.Master Christophe Gerard
Lawyer for the Stéphane Lamart Association
If the breeder runs the risk of being fined for these hygiene violations, he will not be condemned for his sometimes dubious practices in terms of administrative obligations. When purchasing the puppy, the breeder did not deliver identification documents, nor any health certificate for the animal to the owner. It remains an obligation.
Another customer, who bought his American Shepherd in 2018 from the same breeder for €1,500, took more than a year to get his pedigree certificate. “When I bought my dog, he told me he would ship it quickly, but despite my verbal or written reminders, I waited a year to get this important paper that assured me my dog was purebred.” witness Martine, who admits to having doubts about the seriousness of the creator.
The law is very clear on the matter. A breeder or an individual does not have the right to sell or donate an unidentified puppy or kitten. The animal must be identified by tattoo or electronic chip at the time of purchase or donation. A breeder or individual must also provide a certificate of good health for the animal. It is also a must.
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 creator or the individual. When selling a puppy or a cat, you must also deliver a booklet in which everything is explained, veterinary care, food, the breed’s character and how to educate it.Stephane Lamart
Founder of the Association for the Defense of Animal Rights
If you plan on purchasing a puppy or kitten from a breeder, you should take your time and carefully look at his pedigree. To verify that it is reliable, you can contact the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations (DDPP). This organization, which exists in each department, is approved by the city to monitor farms or shelters. It is with him that you will be able to know if the creation is declared and if you can trust him.
You can also ask the creator for their Siret number. With this number, you access the Sirene directory website and enter the Siret code. It’s a little off-putting, but it will let you check if he’s declared 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 breeder is also an indicator of seriousness. “ A small breed, which doesn’t make more than two or three breeds, is also a reassuring point, as not all breeders who offer you six, seven or more breeds know perfectly well the breeds they offer. specifies Stéphane Lamart, who has been fighting for the protection of animals 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 site. You will be able to see the essentials, with the exception of the nursery, if any. This will allow you to see the sanitary conditions of the premises. Cleanliness is not an absolute criterion, but it often says a lot about the owner of the breeder.