Friday 24 March 2017

'Absolutely horrendous’ Carlow puppy farm shut down

One of the many puppies rescued from a breeding farm in Carlow Credit: ISPCA
One of the many puppies rescued from a breeding farm in Carlow Credit: ISPCA
Many of the dogs required immediate vet treatment Credit: ISPCA
Credit: ISPCA

Independent.ie News Desk

A puppy farm recently shut down in Carlow where 52 dogs were seized has been described by the ISPCA as “absolutely horrendous”.

After obtaining a closure order, inspectors rescued over 300 dogs of mixed breeds, and 2 horses, in total which were in dire need of attention.

“Even seasoned ISPCA Officers found the conditions encountered at this premises truly shocking," ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said after the seizure.

Many of the dogs required immediate vet treatment for various ailments, and others needed expert grooming to remove painful matted fur.

Some dogs needed expert grooming to remove painful matted fur Credit: ISPCA
Some dogs needed expert grooming to remove painful matted fur Credit: ISPCA

“The work is continuing at the ISPCA's National Animal Centre following the rescue of a huge number of animals from premises in Carlow,” said an ISPCA spokesperson.

“For these dogs, this treatment is the first step in their rehabilitation, and we will continue to share their long road to recovery.”

“Thankfully the puppy farm has been closed and any remaining dogs will now be removed and cared for by the ISPCA and other animal welfare groups.”

The farm in Myshall was shut down after notice was served by Carlow County Council last week.

Some dogs needed expert grooming to remove painful matted fur Credit: ISPCA
Some dogs needed expert grooming to remove painful matted fur Credit: ISPCA

Under current legislation, local councils have the authority to serve such notice if they deem it necessary and after consultation with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The breeding farm was registered under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act which was launched in 2010 to regulate the operation of dog breeding establishments.

The ISPCA are now calling for the Department of the Environment “to allow random and unannounced inspections” of all registered breeding establishments.

For those interested in supporting the rescue and rehabilitation of these animals, text 'ISPCA' to 50300 to donate €4 to the ISPCA.

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