Nearly 200 dogs and puppies rescued from suspected illegal puppy farm in Wales
Nearly 200 dogs and puppies have been rescued from an alleged illegal puppy farm following a seven-month investigation.
The operation led by the Trading Standards Wales regional investigation team was undertaken on Friday 17th September at an undisclosed location in Camarthenshire.
Operation Scout saw 15 dogs injured or in severe pain due to the condition in which they were found.
B reeding newborn bitches, stallions and puppies were signed by the alleged illegal puppy breeder and the incident is being investigated.
Clive Jones of the National Trading Standards Regional Investigation Team (Wales) said: “In recent years the industry has been infiltrated by unscrupulous individuals, often involved in other criminal activity, who sell puppies obtained from illegal puppy farms.
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“The pandemic has increased demand and subsequently profits and the sharp practices of criminals. “
Dogs were among the most popular breeds including Bichon Frize, Shih Tzus, Cockerpoos, Cavaliers, Labradors, and Cocker Spaniels.
The rescued dogs were taken care of by Hope Rescue, Dogs Trust, RSPCA and West Wales Poundies, who will support their relocation.
Hope Rescue, in Llanharan, saved 47 dogs from “the most heartbreaking and appalling conditions they have ever seen.”
In total, they saved five moms nursing a total of 18 puppies, five pregnant moms and 20 other adult dogs.
A spokesperson for Hope Rescue said: ” One of the nursing mothers, Hazel a Bichon Frize, was so matted that she had maggots in her coat as she fed five day old puppies. “
A Cocker Spaniel, named Smarties, also needed immediate treatment for ” severely infected bites and severe ear infection “.
The rescue center has come under increasing pressure since the increase in abandoned dogs following the lifting of containment.
Vanessa Waddon, Founder of Hope Rescue, said: “The rescue center was already near full capacity prior to this welcome due to the expected increase in the number of abandoned dogs following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
“However, we are fortunate to have an amazing network of foster homes who were quick to open their hearts and homes to help with the physical and emotional rehabilitation of these traumatized farm dogs, many of whom were trying to help. ‘raising their puppies in such appalling conditions.
“The sad fact is that this puppy breeder was definitely getting ready for the Christmas puppy market.”
Gareth Walters, Trading Standards Wales strategic manager for animal health and welfare, said of Operation Scout: ” This is a positive result for the first of a number of planned operations and is the result of important partnership work.
“Unlicensed puppy dealers prioritize profit over animal welfare – they want to generate maximum profit for the absolute minimum of effort and investment.
“The business is attractive because of the large profits, with designer breed dogs averaging £ 2,000 but often selling for £ 5,000 and stallions charging even higher fees.”
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The survey was conducted with the support ofLocal Authority, Dyfed Powys Police, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Natural Resources Wales, RCVS and RSPCA.
Trading Standards Wales has advised people wishing to add a dog to their lives to consider adoption from a shelter or, if they wish to purchase a puppy, find a legitimate breeder through an insured puppy breeding program and / or Kennel Club United Kingdom .
If you would like to learn more about fostering or adopting Hope Rescue, or if you would like to donate to Puppy Farm Dog Care, you can find more details here.
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