Ban call on puppy farming
IT was with great interest I read your article advising that John Griffiths, the Minister for the Environment, advocates caution when considering the purchase of a dog.
I have rescued two dogs this year. Both were from puppy farms and were destined for an awful fate when they were no longer "profitable".
The first Archie, is a one-year-old, and we had him in February 2012. His fate because he had not been sold, and was not a suitable stud, was quite simply — death. Oscar our second dog is two years old and we have had him now for two months. He has been used as a stud, but was not longer required and was destined for he same fate as Archie.
These animals in many cases are very badly treated and kept in appalling conditions, and came to us with ear mites, dog bites, fleas, ticks, kennel cough and a heart murmur.
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I shudder to think of the life these dogs had before their rescue.
Although the physical neglect can be evident, it should be appreciated that the psychological effects of their incarceration and use as a commodity can be devastating for these sociable animals.
I am saddened that, to date, that organisations are unable to regulate these puppy farms to ensure puppies and dogs receive the care they need. I have met people who have purchased dogs from puppy farms and off "the back of a lorry".
The RSPCA and local authorities are unable to monitor this situation adequately under the current legislation, and the RSPCA cite financial implications as one of the reasons they are unable to help these dogs. For myself the ideal would be that puppy farming is banned.
I applaud your paper for the many articles published in recent months highlighting the issues of puppy farming, and hope your readers will think carefully about rescuing a dog from an animal centre, and the many rewards it brings. I sincerely hope Mr Griffiths and the relevant agencies act now to put measures in place to alleviate the misery this industry causes man and woman's best friend.