The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is desperately in need of emergency funding after rescuing 100 dogs in just three days. The ISPCA freed a puppy mill in County Roscommon on July 27 after paying a visit to the mill with the county dog warden.
Eighty-six dogs, including 23 puppies, were rescued from the puppy mill and are now under the care of a vet, whose services will cost upwards of €20,000. The dogs, who were kept in deplorable conditions, include Shih Tzus, Cocker Spaniels, Jack Russell terriers, Pugs and French Bulldogs.
The ISPCA is appealing for donations after taking in over 100 dogs in just three days. 86 dogs, including 23 puppies were removed by ISPCA Inspectors from an unlicensed dog breeding establishment in Co. Roscommon. Read full story here https://t.co/Ba79lhAfxK #rescue #endcruelty pic.twitter.com/gEr3Gj92wF— ISPCA (@ISPCA1) August 8, 2018
The dogs have a variety of health problems, including eye and ear infections and mange, though none were malnourished or dehydrated.
Another rescue, which involved 17 puppies, took place in a different county. There, five female dogs, two of which had recently given birth, were found in a home. Officials believe they were bred without "consideration for the consequences," according to the ISPCA. The puppies are currently being vaccinated, neutered and microchipped before being put into foster care.
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The majority of the rescued dogs are being taken care of at the ISPCA headquarters in County Longford and its other center in County Donegal. Another 25 were transferred to the Dog's Trust shelter. They will be available for adoption in the next few weeks.
In Ireland, dog breeders are required by law to be registered and licensed under the Dog Breeding Establishments (DBE) Act 2010 if they have six or more female dogs over the age of six months that are capable of breeding.
A spokesperson for the organization said, "The ISPCA does not believe that one person can provide adequate care for that number of dogs, particularly if all of them have a litter of puppies. The ISPCA is also asking pet owners to ensure that they get their dog neutered to avoid unwanted litters." Donations to the ISPCA can be made through ispca.ie.