Complaints lead RSPCA to Lockyer puppy farms
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.