For Immediate Release:
1 August 2016
Group Seeks to Nab Person(s) Responsible for Appalling Cruelty to Animals
Woodford – Eight poodle-crossbreed dogs have been found abandoned in Beerburrum West State Forest over the past month. The RSPCA is investigating their origin and suspects they have come from an illegal puppy mill. That’s why People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia is offering up to $5,000 as a reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Dogs in puppy mills are kept in cramped, barren, filthy conditions. Female dogs are generally bred twice a year and are usually killed or abandoned – like the ones found in Beerburrum West State Forest – when they are no longer able to produce puppies. Both the puppies and their mothers routinely suffer from malnutrition, exposure, and a lack of adequate veterinary care and socialisation. In this instance, the abandoned dogs had worn all their teeth down to nubs, likely from chewing on cage bars.
“Regardless of whether or not they have a licence to breed, puppy mills such as this – and the people who buy from them – contribute to the deaths of around 200,000 homeless dogs and cats who are euthanised in shelters every year”, says PETA Campaign Coordinator Claire Fryer. “Every time someone buys an animal from a store or a breeder, it takes away a home from an animal in a shelter.”
Continual inbreeding of purebred dogs such as these poodles can also cause a wide array of genetic diseases. Poodles commonly suffer from problems such as progressive vision loss, gastric displacement, diabetes, tracheal collapse, seizures, and brain malformations linked to sensory and processing difficulties.
If you have any information regarding these dogs, please call the RSPCA on 1300 264 625.
For more information about cruelty to animals, please visit PETA.org.au.