The RSPCA has seized 79 dogs from a puppy farm in the Central West region of New South Wales, and all the animals were admitted to veterinary hospitals.
While an investigation into alleged breaches of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 is ongoing and no charges have yet been laid, it’s clear that the state government needs to ban these awful places.
Puppy mills use mother dogs as breeding machines until their bodies break down – confining them without socialisation or veterinary care and churning out hundreds of thousands of dogs every year into a world already bursting at the seams with homeless animals.
Each year, around 400,000 abandoned animals enter shelters and council pounds across Australia. The flood of homeless animals leaves open-admission shelters with no option but to euthanise animals in order to continue accepting the new cats and dogs who are surrendered by their guardians, picked up off the streets, or seized by the authorities from puppy farms like this one.
A staggering number of development applications for puppy farms are popping up in NSW as breeders move across the border from Victoria, where breeding laws have tightened. Breeders are also keen to cash in on the “pandemic puppy” market, pumping out litter after litter of designer dogs with genetic disorders and behavioural problems.
It’s now more important than ever to stay away from pet stores and breeders – no matter how reputable they may seem – and only ever adopt from a rescue group or shelter.