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Illegally imported animals
If you suspect an animal has been illegally imported, within Greater London, contact us immediately on 020 8745 7894. Our animal health inspectors are on call 24 hours a day and you will be given the contact number of the duty officer who can help you.
Suspect illegal imports may include the following:
- An animal which is presented to a private veterinary surgeon for a booster vaccination and is found to be non-compliant with the EU pet travel scheme.
- An animal found trapped in a vehicle or container which has come from another country.
- An animal suspected of being illegally imported.
- A stray animal found in the vicinity of a port or airport where the owner can't be found.
Since 2012 there has been a substantial increase in the number of puppies illegally imported from puppy farms and puppy markets in Eastern Europe.