A SOUTH Scotland MSP has welcomed plans to run a second anti-puppy trafficking awareness campaign.

Emma Harper is backing the promotion of buying pets responsibly following the booming success of last year's 'Buy a Puppy Safely' message.

The Scottish Government's Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon, even praised the MSP's 'tireless work' in campaigning for the issue.

During a Ministerial Statement on Improving Animal Welfare to Parliament she highlighted that last year's campaign saw a rise in traffic to the Scottish SPCA's website and saw calls made to charity related to puppy trafficking rise by 130%.

Emma Harper said: "I'm delighted that the Scottish Government's 'Buy a Puppy Safely' message has been such a success in raising public awareness of the issue that there is a plan in place for a second follow-up campaign later this year."