86 puppies have been rescued from terrible conditions at an illegal puppy farm in Country Roscommon, Ireland.
The dogs, including 23 puppies, were removed when ISPCA inspectors visited the unlicensed ‘business’, accompanied by the local county dog warden. Finding the dogs living in poor conditions with only one person to care for all of the pups, the charity soon intervened and took possession of the dogs.
Of the 86 dogs, around 19 were believed to have been suffering from a number of health issues, including mange, eye conditions and ear infections. They are not in veterinary care and are well on the road to recovery.
Shih Tzus, Cocker Spaniels, Jack Russell terriers, Pugs, French bulldogs and other various mixed breeds are among the dogs that were rescued, the majority of which are being cared for at ISPCA centres in Longford and Donegal, Ireland. 25 of the dogs have been taken in by the Dogs Trust.
Speaking of the conditions that the dogs were found in, ISPCA inspector Karen Lyons has said:
“I would urge the public to continue to report these establishments.
Due to the inadequate care these dogs were clearly in distress. We are excited for the future of these dogs where they will go on to caring and loving homes once they are available for rehoming.”
Dog breeders are required to be registered and licensed under the Dog Breeding Establishments (DBE) Act 2010, particularly if they have six or more female dogs capable of breeding.
New DBE guidelines are set to come into force in January 2019, for which the ISPCA has called for a staff:dog ratio of 1:10. The DRCD, however, have opted for a 1:25 ratio, which could compromise the care of the dogs.
During the recent UK heatwave, charities have noticed a surge in the number of pets being abandoned, urging owners to take their unwanted animals to charities or shelters instead of simply dumping them.
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