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67 dogs &23 puppies being cared for by ISPCA & Dogs Trust after being surrendered to Local Authority

The ISPCA welcomes the decisive action taken by a Local Authority in removing 67 dogs and 23 puppies from a licensed dog breeding establishment in its area. The action was taken after the operator failed to comply with an improvement notice served by the Local Authority under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act.

ISPCA animal welfare officers responded to a request for assistance from the Local Authority and visited the premises which had been registered under the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010. They found dogs living in bare concrete runs caked in their own faeces. A number of the dogs were suffering from serious skin conditions, eye and teeth problems requiring immediate veterinary attention. All of the dogs were signed over to the Local Authority and passed into the care of the ISPCA.

47 of the dogs including Maltese, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu’s, Pomeranian and Jack Russell breeds were transported to the ISPCA where they are all undergoing veterinary treatment and the remaining dogs (7 females with 23 pups, one pregnant female and 12 other dogs) were transported to Dogs Trust Ireland who offered assistance.

ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said: “The ISPCA would like to thank the Local Authority involved in this case for enforcing the Dog Breeding Establishments Act effectively and for taking decisive action when it was clear that this breeder was not providing the appropriate level of care for these poor dogs. These dogs will now receive the care they deserve and will be rehomed over the coming months when they are ready. It is time for a debate on dog breeding on the scale we are seeing in some licensed breeding establishments around the country, some with more than 300 breeding female dogs. Recent research has shown that puppies born in intensive breeding farms will have poorer personalities and are more likely to be fearful or aggressive later in life. Dogs are not cattle or sheep and have very different welfare needs including the need for socialisation and the company of humans. They simply do not get that in these large scale puppy farms. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dogs Trust Ireland for their assistance in transporting and rehoming these dogs. The ISPCA will continue to work with like-minded animal welfare organisations to rid Ireland of the scourge of rogue dog breeders.”

Dogs Trust Executive Director, Mark Beazley said: “Dogs Trust is pleased to be in a position to assist the ISPCA in offering rescue space to 20 of the dogs removed today from a licenced dog breeding establishment, which failed to comply with improvement notices served by the Local Authority under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act. Following the opening of our dedicated Puppy Wing in 2014, we have the appropriate facilities to care for 20 of the most vulnerable dogs and pups removed from the dog breeding establishment, including 7 nursing mums, a pregnant female and 12 other dogs.

Our expert team of veterinary staff and canine carers will make sure that these dogs and pups get the best treatment and care during their stay at our Rehoming Centre, and when the time comes, that we find the perfect homes for them”

While encouraged by the action taken in this case, both the ISPCA and Dogs Trust believe that stronger and more consistent regulation of commercial dog breeding is required nationally.  The two organisations are actively engaged in a review of the guidelines that accompany the Dog Breeding Establishments Act and the revised guidelines will allow local authorities to demand higher welfare standards for dogs in such premises.

All of the rescued dogs are under three years old and will be neutered/spayed, microchipped and responsibly rehomed by ISPCA and Dogs Trust once they have been rehabilitated.

If you have any information about rogue breeders or suspect an animal is being cruelly treated, neglected or abused, or if you see something suspicious, please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online here.  In case of an emergency, please contact your local Gardaí.

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