On 25th July 2018 a total of 180 police officers from South Wales Police, the National Crime Agency, Home Office Immigration, British Transport Police, DWP, trading standards and animal welfare officers were involved in simultaneous raids in Cardiff. More than £100k, knives, adult dogs, puppies, and a number of high-value vehicles were seized. 10 men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs and money laundering.
Six French Bulldogs and eight English Bulldogs, including five puppies, were seized under the Animal Welfare Act and have now been signed over in to the care of Hope Rescue. They were first taken to a vets for a check up where they were found to have multiple health issues including cherry eye, entropion, ear mites, ear infections, skin infections and pyometra. There was not one healthy dog or puppy amongst them. All of the dogs have been checked for microchips and we can confirm none of them are stolen dogs.
It was also clear the females had been used for breeding on multiple occasions – nothing more than money-making machines. The good news is that these poor dogs will now get all the vet treatment they need and will never be used for breeding again. It will costs us £1,000s to get these poor abused dogs healthy again.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
With so many dogs currently in our care our running costs are through the roof as you can imagine, especially our vet costs. We'll have lots of skin complaints and ear and eye infections to deal with as well as preventative care such as vaccinations, worm/flea treatment and neutering. We are able to help these dogs because of the kind donations from our supporters, especially those who donate a small amount every month. If you are able to contribute in this way please follow the links below to set up a monthly gift. Your donation will allow us to say yes to stray dogs in need
Alternatively, you can also make a one-off donation to our Healthy Hounds vet fund here:
https://www.justgiving.com/…/chari…/hoperescue/healthyhounds or text HRHH98 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070
PUPPY FARMING LINKED TO OTHER CRIMES
This case highlights the increasing links between puppy farming and other forms of criminal activity. Breeding sought after breeds such as French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs is extremely lucrative, especially for “rare” colours such as these dogs. Sadly the public demand for flat-nosed breeds merely fuels the supply and criminals now see puppy farming as an easy way to launder their ill-gotten gains whilst earning £10,000s. This is why a third party ban on puppy sales #LucysLaw, together with a robust licensing and inspection scheme for all breeders is so important.
Please, if you are able, make a donation to help us to care for these pups at https://www.justgiving.com/…/chari…/hoperescue/healthyhounds
Please note that these dogs and puppies are not yet assessed and still need a lot of vet work. Whilst you can submit an application form here to express an interest: http://www.hoperescue.org.uk/dogs/adopting-a-hope-rescue-dog, please note due to the anticipated volume of applications we won’t be responding to any messages or applications for a couple of weeks.
Thank you for your kindness
The Hope Rescue Team