CARMARTHEN East and Dinefwr MP, Jonathan Edwards is calling on the Welsh Government to tackle illegal puppy farms.

The MP has written to the government to address the poor animal welfare issues raised on 'BBC Wales Investigates; Inside the UK's Puppy Farm Capital'.

The programme exposed licensed premises who kept dogs t in crowded cages without water, bedding or food.

This led to dogs suffering from lice, serious skin conditions and rotten teeth.

There are further allegations made in the programme that vets had been negligent in taking action in these cases.

Over 12 months, BBC Wales Investigates found "filthy" conditions at breeding sites licensed - and approved - by councils.

As part of the licensing process breeders pay vets to check dogs to decide if they're "fit to breed".

But an expert panel told BBC Wales some vets' standards had "slipped" and they were "part of" a "broken system".

Experts in the veterinary field have stated that the most basic welfare needs of these animals were not being met.

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP, Jonathan Edwards said: “My constituents are very concerned that this is remains an ongoing issue in Wales.

“It is my understanding that these terrible events took place on licenced premises.

"It appears that licenses have been issued to people who clearly do not have the welfare of these dogs at heart.

“I have written to the Welsh Government to press them for immediate, decisive action to stop these farms from operating in such a terrible manner.

"An investigation is also required into these unscrupulous activities. It seems clear to me that the current regulations under this government are inadequate.”