The idea of having nearly 100 dogs and puppies to cuddle with sounds good on paper, but when attempted, it’s never a good thing.
RSPCA NSW, a not-for-profit in Australia that promotes animal welfare, recently rescued 98 dogs and puppies from a puppy farm in New South Wales, Australia after someone reported the property. Inspectors and a veterinarian visited the property and during their inspection, the owner of the dogs surrendered the animals.
The animals were in poor shape. They had dental problems and skin issues, just to name a few health conditions they suffered from.
RSPCA NSW chief executive Steve Coleman told ABC that each month the organization receives one to two reports about possible puppy farms around the state. He continued saying that while that might not seem like a lot, when each farm has around 100 dogs, it adds up.
Once the dogs were taken away from the farm, they would receive treatment in Sydney and then they would go to breed-specific rescues to begin the socialization process before they are ready to be adopted. “It’s our experience over the years that these animals that are born and bred in these sorts of activities or environments are very difficult to socialise,” Coleman explained to ABC.
RSPCA captured the rescue of 98 beagles, dachshunds, and french bulldogs on camera.
According to the RSPCA, during 2015-2016, 62,714 animal cruelty complaints were investigated and of those investigations 1,963 charges were filed. This is in part due to how easy it is for anyone breed dogs and sell them. According to Niall Blair, Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Water, Trade and Industry, the government is doing more to teach the public about the negative side of puppy farms.
One of the ways they’re doing this is starting an online registry for residents of New South Wales, so they can track pets from the breeder to the owner. Blair also said they received $200,000 to educate the public and encourage them to report instances of animal cruelty to the RSPCA.