Both canine organisations have met with representatives from Harrods over the past decade to discuss issues of canine welfare and the risks associated with purchasing puppies from pet shops.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “We are thrilled that puppies will no longer be sold in Harrods and would very much like to see all stores which sell puppies follow suit, as the sale of dogs in pet shops can unfortunately encourage puppy farmers.”
Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust chief executive, explained: “Whilst Dogs Trust warmly welcomes the news of the closure of the Harrods Pet Kingdom, it is a shame that the stated reasons for it were motivated by commercial interests and not animal welfare. A pet shop is not an appropriate environment in which to sell puppies and kittens and our supporters have long expressed their concern about the UK’s most famous department store selling pets.”
Following the announcement by Harrods about the closure of Pet Kingdom, the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust have reaffirmed their committment to lobby for a change in the law which will prohibit the sale of dogs in pet shops, along with public education about dog ownership and the best way to buy a dog.