RSPCA, Copeton: Dogs found in horrific conditions at puppy farm

Concrete kennels, wet floors and runny excrement: the horrific conditions in which 441 dogs were found at a large Australian puppy farm

  • A father and daughter have been convicted and fined for animal cruelty
  • They operated a large Australian breeding operation
  • 441 dogs, including 250 puppies, were examined and 21 were seized
  • The dogs had been kept inside concrete kennel blocks with no beds and wet floors
  • The Court found guilty and sentenced the couple to a fine of a combined total of more than $20,000

A father and daughter who ran a massive pet breeding operation have been convicted of animal cruelty, after inspectors discovered hundreds of cats and dogs being held in inhumane conditions.

Animal inspectors found 441 dogs, including 250 puppies, being held at a property in Copeton, near Inverell, in northern New South Wales – with some 21 adult dogs and 41 puppies seized.

The dogs were kept in concrete kennel blocks without beds and on damp floors. All dogs had wet feet and stomachs, with some covered in liquid feces.

The father and daughter appeared in Inverell Local Court on May 2, pleaded guilty and were found guilty of 18 offenses including breeding dogs and cats for failing to care for the animals.

A father and daughter who ran a massive pet breeding operation have been convicted of animal cruelty, after inspectors discovered hundreds of cats and dogs were being held in inhumane conditions

The father and daughter appeared in Inverell Local Court on May 2, pleaded guilty and were found guilty of 18 offenses including breeding dogs and cats for failing to care for the animals.

The father and daughter appeared in Inverell Local Court on May 2, pleaded guilty and were found guilty of 18 offenses including breeding dogs and cats for failing to care for the animals.

The defendants were investigated by the RSPCA NSW’s Intensive Animal Husbandry Task Force (IBTF) after reporting that a dog called Strawberry had died after not receiving veterinary treatment.

RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Liz Arnott determined that Strawberry suffered from dystocia, a condition considered a veterinary emergency, for around 40 hours.

Dystocia is the difficulty of producing a litter of puppies through the birth canal during labor.

It has been established that because Strawberry was left untreated, it caused her to suffer from systemic illness, weakness, and ultimately led to her untimely death.

RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector Scott Meyers said: ‘The facts about Strawberry are just heartbreaking.

Animal inspectors found 441 dogs, including 250 puppies, being held at a property in Copeton, near Inverell, in northern New South Wales - with some 21 adult dogs and 41 puppies seized

Animal inspectors found 441 dogs, including 250 puppies, being held at a property in Copeton, near Inverell, in northern New South Wales – with some 21 adult dogs and 41 puppies seized

The dogs were kept in concrete kennel blocks without beds and on damp floors.  All the dogs had wet feet and bellies, with some covered in liquid faeces (pictured)

The dogs were kept in concrete kennel blocks without beds and on damp floors. All the dogs had wet feet and bellies, with some covered in liquid faeces (pictured)

Veterinarians concluded that these animals suffered from a variety of health issues, including ear infections, severe dental disease, intestinal worms, poor body condition, conjunctivitis, matted coat, wounds and urine burns.

Along with the seized dogs, the defendants also received written instructions requiring them to ensure that 32 dogs receive veterinary treatment within two to four weeks.

Antibiotics, medications, painkillers, dental procedures, surgeries, MRIs and CT scans were undertaken for the dogs that had been seized.

All dogs were adopted by loving families.

Veterinarians concluded that these animals suffered from a variety of health issues, including ear infections, severe dental disease, intestinal worms, poor body condition, conjunctivitis, matted coat, wounds and urine burns.

Veterinarians concluded that these animals suffered from a variety of health issues, including ear infections, severe dental disease, intestinal worms, poor body condition, conjunctivitis, matted coat, wounds and urine burns.

The court sentenced and fined the father and daughter a combined total of over $20,000.

They will now have to reduce their breeding from 180 female dogs and 25 breeding dogs to 80 female dogs and 25 breeding dogs.

The couple must also pay $150,000 in pet care costs due to the small size of the facility.

If you have animal welfare concerns, please call the RSPCA NSW to investigate 1300 CRUELTY.

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