Experts have warned of a “major dog welfare crisis” following a sharp rise in the number of dogs being sold online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pets4Homes, one of the UK’s largest online pet marketplaces, recorded a 51% increase in demand for puppies since the pandemic began.
A total of 466,601 dogs have been advertised on the site so far, with average prices increasing by 131%.
Rory Cowlam, a vet and ambassador for the RSPCA, told Sky News he expects to see a spike in the number of dogs being abandoned this year as a result.
He said: “Abandonments are going