ISPCA Animal Welfare Inspectors made an appalling discovery and removed 50 dogs and puppies from cramped, overcrowded and filthy conditions. The animals were voluntarily surrendered and were brought to the ISPCA National Animal Centre where they underwent treatment, assessment and recuperation.
The discovery took place last November in County Tipperary, where ISPCA Animal Welfare Inspectors along with TV3’s Animal A&E presenter Andrea Hayes discovered numerous puppies living in make-shift sheds at the back of a residential property. Due to their horrendous condition and lack of human contact the dogs were terrified and most of them were in urgent need of veterinary attention
ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “The dogs in this establishment were living in extremely sub-standard conditions and not receiving the basic care or attention they needed and deserved. The dogs and kennels were filthy, wet and overcrowded”. ISPCA Inspector Brendan Hughes added: “The smell in the shed was horrendous. The ammonia in the air made it difficult to breathe. In fact, my camera would not function due to the ammonia levels”.
The dogs rescued were of various breeds –Bichon Frise, West Highland Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Shih tzus, Jack Russells and Huskies. They included heavily pregnant bitches and puppies aged only a few days old. Thankfully most of these dogs have been successfully re-homed.
The ISPCA believes that rigorous enforcement of the new Dog Breeding Establishments Bill, which is due to come into force early February 2011, is essential if the cruel practice of puppy farming is to be stopped. Major rescue operations like this one places significant demands on the ISPCA both financially and logistically involving dozens of personnel and extensive veterinary care. It has cost the charity thousands of euros
which heaps further pressure on an organisation already struggling to raise funds in the current economic climate. The ISPCA is urging the public to please donate what you can; no amount is too small. Visit the ISPCA’s secure website to donate online www.ispca.ie, or by lodging funds directly to the ISPCA’s account at AIB, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, A/C # 12582-378, sort code 93-12-92. Donations can be made by cheque/money/postal order, using a Visa/Mastercard or Laser. Alternatively call (043) 33 25035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.