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ISPCA, Gardaí and Local Authority shut down puppy farm in Carlow

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ISPCA Animal Welfare Inspectors and Gardaí visited a premises in Myshall, Carlow on Tuesday 14th April 2015 which had been registered under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010.

The conditions described at the premises were absolutely horrendous and ISPCA Inspectors seized over 300 dogs of mixed breed and type and two horses in most urgent need of attention, under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2010.  The animals were transported to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford where they are undergoing veterinary treatment.

Subsequently a closure notice was served on the premises and the remaining dogs will now be removed and cared for by the ISPCA and other welfare groups offering assistance.

ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “Even seasoned ISPCA Officers found the conditions encountered at this premises truly shocking and it was imperative that the dog breeding operation be shut down.  We welcome this as the first closure notice to be served since the implementation of the Dog Breeding Establishment Act”.

ISPCA CEO, Dr Andrew Kelly said:  “This is an appalling and horrific case. Many of these animals were living in squalid conditions and there were dead animals scattered around the site. A large number of animals are now in the care of the ISPCA and we will be working very hard to provide them with veterinary care and rehabilitation and will eventually be seeking to rehome them. I am very grateful to all the ISPCA staff involved in such a harrowing case and I am also grateful to Dogs Trust Ireland for their assistance with transporting and housing some of the dogs seized. I want to make it absolutely clear that the ISPCA will not tolerate animal abuse of any kind and we will do all we can to shut down places like this. We will be calling on the Department of the Environment to revise the DBE to allow random and unannounced inspections of all registered breeding establishments”.

The ISPCA is urging the public to make a small donation to help deliver vital emergency veterinary care to help these dogs. No amount is too small. If you can help, please make a secure donation on, call 043 33 25035 or email

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