Animals rescued as 'absolutely horrendous' puppy farm shut down
A puppy farm where 52 young dogs and two horses were rescued from "absolutely horrendous" conditions has been shut down.
The animals were rescued from the premises in the south-east yesterday morning by gardaí and a team of ISPCA inspectors.
A closure notice was immediately served to the operators of the puppy farm, which was registered under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act.
Dr Andrew Kelly, the CEO of the ISPCA, described this as 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 the 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," he added.
The animals were taken to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Co Longford, where they were last night undergoing veterinary treatment.
Dr Kelly is calling upon the Government to revise the Dog Breeding Establishments Act to allow "random and unannounced inspections of all registered breeding establishments".
ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling said that even "seasoned officers" were shocked by the discovery on the farm.
"The conditions encountered at this premises were truly shocking and it was imperative that the dog-breeding operation be shut down," he said.