The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is calling for the consistent enforcement of new legislation regulating dog breeding in Ireland which came into force in July. Local Authorities are tasked with enforcing the new act which applies to premises where there are six or more female dogs capable of breeding. But the ISPCA fears that it will be enforced more stringently in some local authority areas than in others.
Thus far, over 120 establishments have applied for registration but it is believed that many more are operating illegally. ISPCA Inspectors continue to encounter breeders who should have registered with their local authority but have failed to do so. Last week at total of eight Bassett Hounds were surrendered to the ISPCA by an unregistered back-yard breeder who realised that their sub-standard facilities would not achieve the standards demanded by the new regulations. Without this legislation, these dogs would not have had the opportunity for the new lives that they will now enjoy.
The ISPCA believes that the Dog Breeding Establishments Act has the potential to result in substantial improvements to the welfare of dogs kept in large-scale breeding establishments in Ireland, but only if enforced appropriately. In the meantime, the charity’s officials will continue to conduct inspections of unlawful puppy farms.
The ISPCA urges anybody who is aware of an illegal puppy farm to contact the society at email@example.com.
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