New lease on life for seized bull ter­rier dogs

The Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

SOME of the bull ter­ri­ers seized in a sus­pected puppy farm raid north­west of Gladstone last week are up for adop­tion.

Last Wed­nes­day, RSPCA in­spec­tors were called to the prop­erty re­gard­ing a com­plaint about five dogs but in­stead found 110 pure­bred dogs kept in small cages and con­fined spa­ces.

RSPCA Queens­land chief in­spec­tor Daniel Young said their con­di­tions were ap­palling.

“Many were in small cages with no en­rich­ment and the news­pa­per they were ly­ing on was soaked in urine,” Mr Young said.

At the end, 102 dogs were seized and sur­ren­dered to the RSPCA with the con­sent of the owner.

Eight of the dogs were owned by other peo­ple and were not sur­ren­dered.

The RSPCA sent con­voys to move the dogs to shel­ters in Bund­aberg, Rock­hamp­ton and South­east Queens­land – 19 were trans­ported to RSPCA Noosa.

Noosa shel­ter man­ager Ni­cole Cleary said the dogs were ini­tially shy and re­served. “They were cor­ner-ori­en­tated,” she said. “Hav­ing been in the crate sit­u­a­tion, too much space can be a bit of a pro­found fright for them.”

How­ever their per­son­al­i­ties have started to shine.

“The change in the dogs was pro­found,” Ms Cleary said.

“They started to do play bow­ing and they were start­ing to be re­ally free in their move­ment and just happy dogs.

“They are so­cial, they’re friendly-na­tured dogs and that’s been ev­i­dent in all the dogs from the first load we got.”

Adult dogs can be adopted for $500, puppies for $1500, with the RSPCA jus­ti­fy­ing the price due to their “sig­nif­i­cant de­mand”.

The RSPCA is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing and charges are ex­pected to be laid.

Adop­tion in­for­ma­tion is on their web­site.

Photo: Lisa Di­a­mond

PLAY­FUL: RSPCA Noosa vol­un­teer Kitty O’Brien with bull ter­rier Billy, who was seized from a sus­pected puppy farm north­west of Gladstone.

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