HAMPSHIRE has been named as one of the worst areas for puppy farming, according to the RSPCA.
The animal charity said the number of calls about puppy farms it has received has more than doubled over the last five years, according to statistics released yesterday.
So far this year it has received 3,232 calls – a 122 per cent increase from five years ago.
Hampshire was ranked the 11th worst county for calls about puppy farming with 87 calls.
The top three areas were Greater London with 262, Greater Manchester with 209 and Durham with 157.
The news will come as no shock to Samantha Crouch, a mum from Fareham, who set up a campaign called ‘Maggie Making Her Mark’ after she bought a puppy from a back-street breeder, which became very ill.
Luckily Maggie pulled through after extensive treatment.
For more on her case search ‘Maggie Making Her Mark’ on Facebook.