More than 200 dogs including are rescued from illegal puppy farm

More than 200 dogs including Cockerpoos, Labradors and Cocker Spaniels are rescued from illegal puppy farm with animals set to be sold as pets to meet Christmas demand

  • Cockerpoos, Labradors and Cocker Spaniels were among the breeds found
  • They had infected bites and matted fur infested with maggots when discovered
  • The raid in Carmarthenshire, Wales, comes follows a seven-month investigation

More than 200 dogs have been rescued from an illegal puppy farm as rogue breeders were getting pets ready to cash in on the Christmas demand.

Cockerpoos, Labradors and Cocker Spaniels were among animals found with infected bites and matted fur infested with maggots when officers went inside.

Rescuers believe the puppy farmer was ‘gearing up for the Christmas puppy market’ with a string of popular breeds to sell.

The raid in Carmarthenshire, Wales, comes after a seven-month investigation by Trading Standards Wales.

More than 200 dogs have been rescued from an illegal puppy farm as rogue breeders were getting pets ready to cash in on the Christmas demand

Charity Hope Rescue helped move the animals to safety and are now caring for 47 dogs found in the most ‘appalling conditions’

One Cocker Spaniel, named Smarties, needed immediate treatment for ‘severely infected bite wounds and a serious ear infection’.

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.’

Cockerpoos, Labradors and Cocker Spaniels were among animals found with infected bites and matted fur infested with maggots when officers went inside

Ms Waddon said the charity has an ‘incredible network of foster homes’ who will help to rehabilitate the puppies.

She added: ‘The sad reality is that this puppy farmer was no doubt gearing up for the Christmas puppy market.’

Other breeds at the farm included Bichon Frises, Shih Tzus and Cavaliers. Officers say they rescued 15 dogs with injury or serious suffering due to the conditions.

Breeding bitches, stud dogs and newly-born puppies were signed over by the alleged illegal puppy farmer and investigations are now ongoing.

Rescuers believe the puppy farmer was ‘gearing up for the Christmas puppy market’ with a string of popular breeds to sell

Clive Jones, of Trading Standards Wales, said: ‘In recent years the industry has been infiltrated by unscrupulous individuals, often involved in other criminal activities, who sell puppies obtained from illegal puppy farms.

‘The pandemic has increased demand and subsequently the profits and sharp practices of criminals.’

The rescued dogs have also been taken in by Dogs Trust, RSPCA, and West Wales Poundies before they will be rehomed.

The investigation was supported by Dyfed Powys Police. Pet owners are now being urged to find legitimate breeders or adopt from a refuge.

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