67 dogs and 23 puppies have been rescued from a puppy farm by the ISPCA and Dogs Trust after they were reportedly found caked in their own faeces.
The dogs – which include Maltese, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Pomeranian and Jack Russell breeds – were found to be living in bare concrete runs.
A number of the animals were suffering from serious skin conditions as well as eye and teeth problems which required immediate veterinary attention.
All of the dogs involved were less than three-years-old and were passed into the care of the ISPCA and Dogs Trust through the relevant local authority.
According to an ISPCA press release, the dogs were removed from the premises after the establishment failed to meet upgrades previously outlined by the local authority.
The CEO of the ISPCA Dr Andrew Kelly has thanked the local authority involved in the case for taking action and said “these dogs will now receive the care they deserve and will be rehomed over the coming months when they are ready”.
“Dogs are not cattle or sheep and have very different welfare needs including the need for socialisation and the company of humans. They simply do not get that in these large scale puppy farms,” he continued.
People with information about rogue breeders or suspected animal abuse cases have been asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or make a report online through the ISPCA website.