We're on Channel 4 tonight at 8 p.m. talking to Professor Noel Fitzpatrick on Animal Rescue Live: Supervet Special about the impact of puppy farming and backyard breeding. The interview features little Bluebell who was taken to the vets to be put to sleep by her breeder as she was allegedly blind. In fact she isn't blind, and was sufferring form aspirated pneumonia. She's now in foster care with one of the vet nurses who were caring for - and they will be adopting her! Don't forget to tune in!
You can read more about funding in Wales and the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) here.
Poorly Enzo is suffering from a cleft palate which makes it difficult and dangerous for him to eat normally. We expect this birth defect is the reason he was given away at just 3 days old by the breeder.
This lovely Shar pei girl was found in Penygraig earlier covered in blood. It seems she escaped and got in to a scrap with another dog. We traced her owners who weren't able to pay for her vet care and she has now been signed over to us. We have named her Sian. The poor girl was in shock with over 30 puncture wounds, lacerations and a nasty degloving injury on her leg and neck. Her blood pressure was low from the blood loss.
Beautiful Lola was picked up in Pontypool by the police who took her straight to the vets. She was very flat and showing clinical signs of pyometra, an infection of the womb that can prove fatal if not caught early enough.
She needed emergency surgery to save her life so the dog warden asked us if we would meet the costs of treating her. Of course we didn’t hesitate to say yes.
UPDATE: Tickle is still at the vets following emergency surgery. He had a belly full of worms, demodex mites and severe diarrohoea which won't stop so he is undergoing tests.
We are delighted that the Welsh Government has today opened a consultation on banning the third party sale of puppies and kittens in Wales. We look forward to working with Welsh Government through our membership of the Animal Welfare Network in Wales on this important issue, and also submitting our own consultation response.
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.
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.