Four Paws reports that due to a loophole in the Irish legal system, traders are able to breed alleged pedigree puppies in appalling conditions without being punished.
The conditions they are kept in involve dogs and puppies being crammed into secluded outbuildings so that neighbours don’t hear their barks or smell the filthy surroundings they are forced to endure. Shockingly, female dogs are forced to breed continuously with only the minimum amount of food and water necessary to keep them alive. This results in a life of sleeping, eating, defecating, urinating, mating and giving birth in the same filthy conditions.
If dogs can no longer breed they are disposed of.
Life is grim for the puppies once they are born, although they should remain with their mothers for the first eight weeks of their lives they are removed at the earliest opportunity and kept in equally disgusting conditions. The puppies may eventually find loving homes but due to the neglect suffered after birth most will have long term health and behavioural problems.
Four Paws estimates that at least 50,000 farmed puppies are trafficked from
Ireland to each year. England
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