Puppy farms in the UK have been found to have as many as 200 breeding dogs, most kept locked inside 24 hours a day, often in complete darkness. They are usually located on farms in barns, disused chicken houses garages or any disused outbuilding. The dogs are forced to eat, sleep and give birth in the same area they urinate and defecate; something they would never do given the choice. In some cases they are treated worse than animals bred for the food chain. The general public keep up the demand for pups and so the cruelty continues, day after miserable day.
Dogs on puppy farms are often neglected; matted coats, infected eyes and ears and rotten teeth are just a few of the painful conditions the dog suffer. When breeding dogs become too old and exhausted to continue producing puppies they are killed or a lucky few are given to rescues. The puppies also often have behavioural and psychological problems, such as aggression and fearfulness, because they are not exposed to the outside world.
Puppy farms are most common in Wales and Ireland; the puppies they produce are sold in pet shops all over the UK and through newspaper ads and the internet. It is estimated that 50,000 trafficked puppies are believed to be imported from Ireland each year, most destined for pet shops in Southern England. The county of Carmarthenshire in Wales alone is thought to produce 28,000 puppies a year also destined for the pet trade in England.
Most puppy farms in England, Wales and Scotland are licensed by their local council and are not illegal. The premises are inspected by the council who issue the license every year. The inspections focus on the premises and little attention is paid to the health and well being of the dogs. It is the responsibility of the licensing council to ensure dog breeding facilities in their area meet high welfare standards and in many instances they fail to do this; particularly in Wales.
For more information on puppy farming click below to go to the Puppy Love website
There is currently a petition for stopping Planning Permission for a Puppy Farm – Please sign here