Another day, another victim of the miserable backyard trade in designer puppies. We are angry, upset and frustrated yet again. Little Enzo was given away by his breeder at just 3 days old as he had a cleft palate. No cash to be made, only huge vet bills looming so it was easier for the breeder to pass the problem on. Fortunately, he ended up with someone who actually cared. They tube fed him until he was 5 weeks old, but could not afford to continue his care so reached out for help and Enzo moved in to our care.
When we think we cannot be shocked anymore, something happens that breaks our hearts yet again. Cariad came in to our care on Valentines Day. She is aged at least 8 years, probably older. She is blind in both eyes – one eye has a total cataract and the other a chronic small eye that will need to be removed once she stops feeding. She has a grade 2 heart murmur, horrendous ear infection and likely water infection. Her fur was stained yellow from standing and sleeping in her own urine.
The trade in misery is relentless. We see it up close and personal, and it's not pretty. Aerwen was one of the 14 English and French Bulldogs seized from a back yard breeder by South Wales Police following a series of raids in Cardiff back in July. Every single dog was poorly, some more than others. Aerwen was 8 weeks old when she arrived, and was struggling to breathe with fluid on her lungs. She was treated for pneumonia and despite being a sickly girl she was adopted by Amy and Stuart, two staff members who fell head over heels in love with her.
We have added several dates in 2019 for our popular Canine First Aid Course, including some at our Charity Shop in Pontypridd.