MEET Bambi, a six- year- old border collie whose story needs to be told. For the past four weeks, Bambi ( below) has been adjusting to a new life south of Hobart.
Her life now includes things she had never known, such as moving freely, grass, trees, playing with people and other dogs. Bambi craves touch and can’t get enough closeness. She melts into her new carer’s arms.
Before arriving at her new home, this intelligent dog spent her life in the cage she was born. She was never touched and spent her days staring at the tin wall that faced the front of her cage.
When approached, she would crawl to the corner, face the wall, tremble and make herself as small as possible.
Bambi was the last dog rescued from a puppy factory and her rescue was traumatic. She was so fearful and panicstricken at being handled she wouldn’t walk, eat or go to the toilet, instead acting lifeless in the foetal position.
Put with experienced carers, Bambi has slowly fought off most of her demons but can still regress to her sad, far- away look. Bambi’s story must serve to help other dogs confi ned in hellish breeding circumstances.
Take a bad story and turn it into a positive by using it as motivation to urge people to only source puppies from registered breeders of pure- bred dogs or animal rescue shelters.
Unless things change, thousands more like Bambi will have a life of misery and die in their fi lthy cages to produce puppies for people who do not understand. Share your views on the proposed dog welfare standards at www. dpipwe. tas. gov. au/ dogs before November 22. Under the proposed standards, offi cers will be empowered to inspect any premises where puppies are bred for sale.