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Dorset Dog Rescue: Trading Standards takes action following BBC investigation

Julia Liddle
Image caption Inside Out investigated the charity run by founder Julia Liddle

Trading Standards has taken action against a pet rescue charity which was the subject of a BBC investigation over the illegal import of dogs.

Dorset Dog Rescue will sign a "Formal Undertaking" for Trading Standards not to mislead consumers over selling dogs.

A BBC Inside Out programme in January 2015 highlighted serious concerns over the welfare of imported animals.

Poole Trading Standards said the charity had "improved" since the programme was broadcast.

Inside Out investigated the charity, run by founder Julia Liddle, for illegally importing dogs from the Republic of Ireland.

The programme, broadcast in January 2015, highlighted serious concerns over welfare issues and showed dogs being imported in vans.

Image caption Inside Out showed dogs being imported in vans in January 2015.

Poole Trading Standards said the improvement found during its year-long investigation was likely attributable to BBC Inside Out's probe.

The charity could be prosecuted through the courts if it is found to be in breach of the undertaking.

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has published its findings into a complaint Ms Liddle lodged about the programme.

No part of her complaint was upheld in a 51-page ruling.

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