Wednesday April 15, 2015
The DSPCA would like to congratulate the Ulster SPCA and BBC1 Panorama programme “The Dog Factory” due to be aired tonight, Wednesday 15th April at 9pm, highlighting the issues of puppy farming in Northern Ireland.
This programme will highlight many of the issues that the DSPCA have raised over the past number of years. Recent cases dealt with by the DSPCA included 116 puppies seized at Dublin Port. As was stressed at the time this consignment of puppies seized is just from 2 vehicles, on one ferry, in one port, on one sailing, on one day! The DSPCA estimate that there are between 35,000 and 40,000 puppies being exported to the UK each year. The programme will hopefully highlight some of the concerns that are shared by the DSPCA such as the conditions and welfare of the breeding bitches and stud dogs, the living conditions and breeding measures for the puppies, and the means and conditions for transport.
Following ongoing research into the registered Dog Breeding Establishments in Ireland by the DSPCA has led to some startling information. Though the full figures have not yet been received, to date in just 9 counties, a max number of registered breeding bitches registered in Commercial Dog Breeding Premises is 1,780 – 10 premises with 50 or more registered bitches and 5 premises for 100 or more.
These registered Commercial Dog Breeding Establishments are nothing more than glorified factories producing puppies for sale. The DSPCA are concerned at the level of inspections and recordkeeping by the Department of Environment and the Local Authorities who are responsible for the registration of these premises.
The DSPCA Puppy Farm hotline 01 4994727 and email email@example.com for the reporting of puppy farms launched by the DSPCA last month has seen a huge number of reports, all of which are being followed up.
The DSPCA are encouraging the public to watch the programme tonight as we hope it will highlight the scale of this greedy trade and the overwhelming abuse inflicted on the defensive breeding bitches and pups.
The DSPCA continues to call for a ban on the sale of animals online until there is full tractability. As has been stated over and over again, many of these puppies have come from puppy farms.