Certain members of Little Rascals have visited and contributed to our Facebook page on several occasions in the past with fabrications and unprofessional remarks, and sections of their Press Release show just how childish and single minded they are, unable to think beyond their narrow, insulated existences.
According to Little Rascals:
“Over the last few days, we at Little Rascals Pets Limited have been subject(ed) to various criticisms from a very vocal single issue charity called Chancepixies. It is clear that they want to put us out of business, but their arguments would lead to the end of private dog ownership in the UK.“
Nonsense – criticism of this puppy factory has been going on far longer than the last few days, and Chancepixies, ourselves, CARIAD, Puppy Love Campaigns and other organisations have been very vocal on Little Rascals’ irresponsible practices for a very long time, yet they manage to keep trading. There are a few reasons for that –
1) according to a Freedom of Information Request submitted to North Kesteven, it was shown that Little Rascals are able to use areas on their land for the purposes of breeding dogs that are never inspected because those buildings are not included in the conditions of a breeding licence (a breeder is able to stipulate what areas/buildings are being used for the purposes of obtaining a breeding licence – FOIR). Little Rascals also import puppies from suppliers no one knows anything about (including North Kesteven who issue their licence) →Ireland Associates.
So what the public see is a façade, a phony front with nice hanging baskets, well stocked shop, clean public viewing areas and a few clean and tidy KENNELS, which in itself should deter most people, because who in their right mind wants a puppy to be bred in such a cold and detached environment? They have a licence for 200 breeding bitches and have 59 stud dogs. Has it ever occurred to anyone buying a puppy to ask where they’re all being kept?
2) they churn out so many puppies – hundreds – that the percentage of healthy puppies appears to be high, but the sheer number of puppies they sell doesn’t tally with the few positive testimonials they receive and, bearing in mind they’ve been breeding and selling dogs for over 50 years – since 1965 – there should be hundreds of testimonials. And how many testimonials are from people whose dogs have lived past five years of age?
3) the main reason Little Rascals are still trading is obviously down to buyers. A handful of negative reviews for a breeder is bad enough, but Little Rascals have more than their fair share of justified bad press and yet they still attract buyers.
Time and again the Internet and media is awash with guidance from the RSPCA, the Dogs’ Trust, even the Kennel Club (for what it’s worth), urging NEVER buy from breeders of multiple dogs, to ALWAYS see mum interacting with her puppies. The message isn’t getting across.
“We are very much in a niche industry and the breeding of and care of dogs and puppies especially will always polarize opinions.”
Absolute rubbish! There is nothing ‘niche‘ about the modern dog breeding industry. It currently rakes in £MILLIONS (at the expense of the breeding dogs) and represents a large part of the economy in many countries, especially Wales and Ireland (north and south) where Little Rascals’ ‘imported’ puppies come from. Basket weaving is a niche industry, not mass dog breeding!
As for ‘care of dogs and puppies‘, that isn’t relevant to Little Rascals. The only ‘care’ they give is just enough to carry on making a large profit. No health tests are ever undertaken and it would seem even vet checks are not carried out regularly judging by the mortality rate of a recent Beagle litter.
“Chancepixie have not been able to find any legal, welfare or other reason why our license should be revoked. Chancepixie openly suggest that they wish to stop all dog breeding. Should this of cause be the case this would not only have a knock on effect on all dog breeders, but also an effect on all animal breeders and all related industries. Clearly it is easy to see that should such an eventually happen there would be no dogs in the UK within 10 years. There would be no vets for companion animals, perhaps there would be no Kennel Clubs required and perhaps no sheep or wool.”
Chancepixies, ourselves and numerous organisations do not want to put a complete end to ALL dog breeding, that is a lie. What they and we want is for the mass breeding of dogs, bred in kennels, outbuildings and cages to be outlawed. What they and we want is for tougher legislation aimed at prolific backyard breeding and importing dogs and puppies from countries with precious little animal welfare laws. In short, what they and we want is for a majority of the thousands of unwanted dogs in rescues and shelters to find forever homes and for the shelters and rescues not to fill up again.
Thousands of puppies are on sale in the UK – every single week. There are not enough buyers in this country to accommodate them on that scale, not if you factor in that a normal healthy dog should live, at the very least, eight years. Where are all the surplus puppies and dogs going? They’re not all in shelters and rescues. You don’t have to be a mathematician to see the figures just don’t add up.
What ‘related industries‘ are these people on about? Are they talking about the hunting fraternity, who use their dogs to prey on wildlife and who have as little regard for their dogs as those in the industry of Greyhound racing, where dogs are either worked to death or killed inhumanely when of no use, and where puppies surplus to requirements are killed in the most horrendous way? What are they talking about?
There’ll be no vets if mass dog breeders like Little Rascals stop trading? What? There have always been vets, right back to the day when you had to wait for an ethical breeder to produce a litter; right back to the day when breeders had just the one breeding dog, loved as a family pet and were damn fussy about who they sold their puppies to.
The same Kennel Club they used to fraudulently advertise puppies as ‘KC Registered‘:
As for ‘no wool or sheep‘, you couldn’t make it up. What do they think people used for wool in days gone by? Absolutely hilarious, if their attitude wasn’t so tragic for their dogs.
“We are proud of the love we have for our animals.”
Beggars belief. No further comment required.
“We are always here to support our customers both old and new. What Chancepixie won’t tell you is that the victory they claim was with the consent of both ourselves and the licensing authority. It just gives a timetable for correcting procedural errors in the red tape that goes with giving a license. There are no live welfare issues before the court. Nor can there be in this present lititation which ispurely an administrative review of powers and procedures and not animal welfare.”
Little Rascals just might be there for an ‘old’ customer but ONLY if that old customer says nice things about their puppy buying experience. Otherwise they will more likely be fobbed of or insulted if they call with a complaint, or blocked if they comment with any criticisms on Little Rascal’s facebook page.
Little Rascals are most definitely there for new customers providing those customers will be doing business, and that is the ONLY reason. It has nothing whatsoever to do with caring about where their commodities end up (or ‘products’ as the dogs are referred to on the website). They don’t care who the customer is, what they do or what they intend to do with the puppy. In fact they’re more than happy to offload their vulnerable puppies abroad to anyone with the right amount of cash. With them it’s about greed and profit.
NB: The consent they talk about was not exactly voluntary. They really had no choice. It was a privoso. Another fabrication.