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