Stud dogs - the forgotten victims of puppy farming

Toby recently arrived from a puppy farm along with 7 other dogs. We would challenge anyone to say this is "normal" behaviour, yet our current Welsh breeding regulations state it is acceptable to licence a premises for 200 plus breeding dogs. There is currently no cap on the maximum number of dogs a licensed breeder can have. The very principle of the mass farming of puppies is surely a contravention of the Animal Welfare Act when it produces dogs so terrified of the outside world all they can do is hide?

Hope Rescue on Animal Rescue Live: Supervet Special

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!

Another Emergency Admission

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.

Poorly Lola abandoned with a life-threatening condition

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.

Valentines Day Heartbreak

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.

Picking up the pieces of back yard breeders again

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.