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Tuesday 25 October 2016

ISPCA: Many of the dogs rescued from puppy farm find new homes

Published 16/05/2015 | 11:34

The ISPCA is celebrating the news that many of the 340 dogs it rescued from a Carlow puppy farm have been rehabilitated.

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In a new video posted on the charity’s Facebook page, the group praised the work of its staff and volunteers in helping to home the majority of the puppies taken from a dog breeding centre that was raided by several ISPCA officers and Gardai following a closure order from the Carlow County Council.

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The ISPCA: “Many of you have been closely following the rescue of 340 dogs from the Carlow puppy farm, and we wanted to share with you a truly inspiring video.”

“Many of the rescued dogs were extremely quiet and nervous when they first arrived at the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre in Mallow. However, thanks to the care of dedicated staff and volunteers, in just a few short weeks you can see how much they turned around.”

“Many of these dogs have since gone to loving homes, and we are so happy that they are finally receiving all the care and attention they deserve."

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The majority of the dogs rescued last month from the puppy farm in Carlow had heavily-matted coats and they were also suffering from chronic skin, eye and teeth problems.

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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For more information about the ISPCA and to donate to help fund their services, visit its website on

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