Eighty-six dogs rescued in swoop on puppy farm
A leading animal charity is seeking donations from the public after it rescued more than 100 dogs in just three days.
Inspectors from the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) swooped on a suspected puppy farm in Co Roscommon on July 27, following a visit with the county dog warden. A total of 86 dogs, including 23 puppies, were taken from the site and are now receiving veterinary care, which the ISPCA said will cost some €20,000. They include Shih Tzus, Cocker Spaniels, Jack Russell terriers, Pugs and French Bulldogs.
The dogs were kept in very poor conditions and there was only one person on hand to care for them all.
The dogs were also suffering from a variety of health issues, including eye and ear infections and mange, although they had been properly fed and watered. Fortunately, none of them had to be put down.
In a separate incident, 17 puppies were taken from a house in another county the previous day. Five bitches were found in the house.
It's believed two of them had been allowed to breed without "consideration for the consequences", according to the ISPCA.
The puppies are in the process of being vaccinated, neutered and micro-chipped before being rehomed.
Most of the rescued dogs are now being cared for at the ISPCA's headquarters in Co Longford and its centre in Co Donegal.
Twenty-five were transferred to the Dog's Trust shelter. The dogs will be available for rehoming in the coming weeks.