Friday 28 October 2016

Can you help home one of these adorable rescue pups?

ANIMAL welfare

Just some of the neglected puppies that were saved from the puppy farm that was raided and closed in Carlow

A leading animal charity is still urgently seeking homes for dogs rescued from a puppy farm in Co Carlow.

In April a closure notice was served on the facility under the new Dog Breeding Establishment Act.

A total of 340 dogs and 11 horses were taken from the centre.

Dogs Trust in Dublin took in the most vulnerable dogs from the group including pregnant dogs and orphaned pups.

The charity is looking for homes for five mums with 28 pups between them and nine orphaned dogs.

According to Kathrina Bentley from the charity, one litter of seven pups is in need of "extra TLC" for a few months.

These dogs are being treated for "adenovirus" which is a virus that causes infectious canine hepatitis.


"It will take a huge amount of commitment, hard work and patience to help them grow into happy, well-rounded adult dogs," she said.

Dogs Trust is looking for both foster families who can look after the animals temporarily and those willing to adopt the dogs.

The ISPCA, who removed the dogs from the facility after Carlow county council served the closure notice, said many of the dogs were in poor condition.

They said that the majority of dogs had matted coats and some were suffering from skin, eye and teeth problems.

Dogs Trust Ireland has called for stricter enforcement of the legislation to promote animal welfare.

It is estimated that some 95,000 dogs are bred here annually.

The DSPCA is another charity working to combat the problem and they have set up a hotline anonymous reporting of suspicious breeding facilities - reportapuppyfarm@gmail.com.

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