ISPCA appeals for public support in tackling 'canine crisis'
The ISPCA are asking for public support to help them tackle their “canine crisis” following the closure of a puppy farm in Carlow.
The sheer size of the rescue operation, which saw 350 dogs taken into care, has put a serious stain on the society’s resources.
Several ISPCA officers, as well as gardai and officials from the Department of Agriculture and the local council, were involved.
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On Saturday, the Mallow ISPCA held an open day to call on the public to offer their support.
“All of our canine guest will be getting their second health checks and all going well being neutered over the next two weeks,” they posted on their Facebook page.
“We will keep you posted. But for today they are all happy well fed, lovely food and treats thanks to you all.”
The ISPCA said the majority of the dogs had heavily-matted coats and they were also suffering from chronic skin, eye and teeth problems.
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A number of them had untreated injuries which were infected, causing further suffering. Their paws were also badly infected from being soaked in urine.
"The conditions in this dog breeding establishment were absolutely shocking and it was imperative that it be shut down," ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling said.
"We welcome this as the first closure notice to be served since the implementation of the Dog Breeding Establishment Act and we are delighted we were able to remove so many animals where their welfare was compromised," he added.
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The public can donate by visiting the ISPCA's secure website on www.ispca.ie.
Each year it costs €1.4m to run ISPCA services, and almost 90pc of this comes from public donations.