Latest News A Huge Puppy Farm Intake Hope Rescue, alongside other animal welfare charities, was called to assist with a multi-agency operation to help over 200 breeding bitches, stud dogs and newly born puppies from an unlicensed breeder in Carmarthenshire this weekend. The Hope Rescue welfare team attended the site and rescued 47 dogs from the most heart-breaking and appalling conditions they had ever seen. In total, they rescued five nursing mums with a total of 18 puppies, five pregnant mums and a further 20 adults. The dogs were amongst the most popular breeds, including Bichon Frises, Shihtzus, Cockerpoos, Cavalier Spaniels, Labradors and Cocker Spaniels. Some of the dogs required immediate admission to the vets, including Smarties a Cocker Spaniel who needed treatment for severely infected bite wounds and a serious ear infection. She was found cowering in the corner of an outbuilding. One of the nursing mums, Hazel, a Bichon Frise, was so matted that she had maggots in her coat whilst feeding 5-day-old puppies. A number of dogs also have eye and ear infections, heavy worm burdens and rotten teeth. Vanessa Waddon, Hope Rescue founder said “The rescue centre was already near capacity before this intake due to the predicted rise in abandoned dogs following the lifting of lockdown restrictions. However, we are fortunate to have an incredible network of foster homes who didn’t hesitate to open their hearts and homes to help the physical and emotional rehabilitation of these traumatised puppy farm dogs, many of whom were trying to raise their puppies in such appalling conditions. "The sad reality is that this puppy farmer was no doubt gearing up for the Christmas puppy market. Sadly, puppy farming is still very much alive in Wales and we were pleased to support the excellent work being undertaken by the Trading Standards Wales Regional Investigation Team. We continue to urge everyone looking to add a four legged family member to do their research. Please check out your local rescue centre first, and if you are going to purchase a dog then ensure it is from a reputable breeder and follow the RSPCA advice here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/puppy” You can find out more about adopting a dog here. Please click here to find out more about fostering a dog. If you would like to donate to help our dogs, please use the 'donate' button at the top of our page. Thank you for your support.