Rescued from maltreatment

...AND NOW THESE DOGS NEED NEW HOMES

Elaine FURLONG

NEGLECTED CANINES SAVED BY THE WSPCA THE Wexford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (WSPCA) is looking for homes for more than 30 dogs seized in a raid on a dog breeder's property in the south of the county.

The dogs seized by the WSPCA, several of them in pup, include among their number Bichon Frises, Tibetan Terriers, Salukis, a Greyhound, a Cocker Spaniel, a Beagle, a Bearded Collie and a German Shepherd.

'They've all received veterinary treatment and care,' said Barbara Bent of the WSPCA. She said that they were mainly treated for 'general neglect issues'. Some of the dogs were also treated for illnesses, including infections and mange, and minor injuries.

'It wasn't acceptable. We weren't happy with the conditions there at all,' said Barbara. Gardaí also attended the breeder's property on March 11 last when the dogs were seized and it's understood the matter is the subject of an investigation.

The dogs have since been signed over to the WSPCA by their owner, allowing the local animal welfare organisation to re-home them. While they have over 30 dogs, Barbara points out that more are on the way, with five bitches in pup.

'We'll need to set up a maternity ward soon,' she joked. However, the bills the WSPCA now faces are no laughing matter, due to veterinary and kennelling costs for the seized dogs.

However, their first priority is to rehome the dogs. 'Good homes are sought for all of these dogs,' said Barbara. 'We've washed them, cut their nails and given them all the VIP treatment – now we hope they get a second chance at a good life.'

Barbara said this latest case highlights the importance of the proposed Dog Breeding Establishment Bill, but she feels that, at the moment, our TDs 'are trying to put in so many amendments that it won't be worth a curse'.

She pointed out that Ireland is one of the biggest puppy producers in Europe, but there are no codes or standards in place through legislation.

'This dog breeding bill is crucial if we are to raise standards. We need licensing and regulations so we can ensure that we know where these places are and ensure that they have good standards of care,' said Barbara.

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