The ISPCA has issued a warning on the cruelty of puppy farms ahead of the Christmas period.
The animal rights’ group recently raided a puppy farm in north Cork, where puppies were destined for the Christmas market.
The terriers and Labradors were kept in ‘squalor’ according to the charity, and pet lovers have been warned to buy pets from reputable sources.
ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan said: “There was a substantial number of dogs predominantly terriers and Labradors being bred in squalor and horrendous conditions.”
“It was very clear that the expected pups were destined for the Christmas market,” she said.
The premises was not registered under the Dog Breeding Establishment Act, and it was evident that the dogs welfare was greatly compromised, the group said.
“There had been four litters born on the property during recent weeks. Only three pups had survived,” Lisa said.
“They had no chance of survival in make-shift dirty pens that were filthy, miserably cold, damp and cramped.”
Immediate action was called for and 12 dogs – one of whom was heavily pregnant - were removed to the local veterinary practice.
“What concerns us time and time again, is the fact that these poor dogs are destined for the Christmas market. Despite all our warnings to the public, puppy farming from these disgraceful premises still continues,” Lisa said.
“While thankfully, the dogs removed are healthy and highly social, we do believe that given another few months their condition would have seriously deteriorated. No animals deserve to suffer for human profit” she said.
The ISPCA is urgently calling for the public to adopt animals from its National Animal Centre.
“We are in the process of removing another large number of dogs from this premises and we are very confident that they will make wonderful family pets.”
A statement on the charity’s website has warned that all breeding establishments should have a certificate issued by the local authority.
“We strongly advise people not to buy puppies from the side of the road. Never meet a breeder in a car park, and certainly do not agree to buy a pup at a suggested location for convenience.”
“Visit the property and insist on seeing the parents and where they are kept.”
Visit www.ispca.ie for more information and to see the animals in our care looking for loving homes.