Com­plaints lead RSPCA to Lock­yer puppy farms

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS of dogs and pup­pies have been found fol­low­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous raids at four Bris­bane prop­er­ties in what the RSPCA has de­scribed as a large-scale puppy farm op­er­a­tion.

In video footage re­leased by the RSPCA, dogs and pup­pies of var­i­ous breeds can be seen in mul­ti­ple ken­nels.

RSPCA chief in­spec­tor Daniel Young said 78 dogs and pup­pies were seized on Tues­day last week after in­spec­tors ex­e­cuted war­rants si­mul­ta­ne­ously at four prop­er­ties in the Lock­yer Val­ley fol­low­ing a num­ber of com­plaints.

“The prop­er­ties were all on the same road next to each other,” he said.

Mr Young said the dogs and pup­pies were be­ing kept on the four prop­er­ties for breed­ing and sell­ing pur­poses.

A writ­ten state­ment from the RSPCA said the farms ap­peared to be con­nected.

“The oc­cu­pants of the prop­er­ties ap­pear to be in­volved in a large-scale in­ten­sive breed­ing op­er­a­tion in con­junc­tion with one an­other,” the state­ment said.

Mr Young said nu­mer­ous wel­fare con­cerns were iden­ti­fied with many of the dogs, in­clud­ing un­treated med­i­cal con­di­tions, con­fined or in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­di­tions without ad­e­quate so­cial­i­sa­tion, en­rich­ment and ex­er­cise.

The ribs can be seen on one bos­ton ter­rier, named Gra­cie, fea­tured in the footage and be­ing at­tended to by an RSPCA em­ployee, while other dogs ap­pear to have skin or eye con­di­tions.

The mul­ti­ple breeds de­picted in the video in­clude french bull­dogs, dachshunds, golden re­triev­ers, a corgi, an english springer spaniel and “de­signer breeds” such as groo­dles (golden re­triev­ers crossed with poo­dles).

The RSPCA in­spec­tors said the op­er­a­tion was in re­sponse to a “long his­tory of com­plaints” about the wel­fare of the dogs be­long­ing to reg­is­tered breed­ers.

“The breed­ers are known to one an­other,” they said.

The seized an­i­mals were taken for vet as­sess­ment.

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