In April 2015, an Oscar’s Law investigation of an illegal puppy factory in northern NSW exposed dogs suffering shocking neglect and cruelty. As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year, a joint investigation by Oscar's Law and Animal Liberation eight months later reveals nothing has changed at this place of suffering. The puppy farmer claims they're closing down which means, under current NSW laws, the 100 dogs on the farm can be killed, sold to other puppy farms, or relocated. This is because, unlike Victoria, NSW legislation does not empower the RSPCA to seize the dogs. In conjunction with Gwydir Puppy Factory, over 400 dogs are being left to suffer in limbo indefinitely due to weak legislation. And these are just two we know of.
Sign our petition to the NSW Government asking they urgently amend the Companion
Animals Act to allow all dogs on illegal, non-compliant puppy farms to be
seized by the authorities.
31 January 2016
In April 2015, Oscar’s Law investigated a puppy factory in Pindaroi, NSW operating illegally without Council approval. The team discovered shocking neglect and cruelty to the dogs on the property, including dogs and puppies living in rat-infested dilapidated pens, on dirt floors covered in faeces. The only water observed was filthy, in some cases green, and there was no bedding provided for any of the dogs. Unsurprisingly in such squalor, there was no sign of socialisation or enrichment such as toys.
This puppy factory was immediately reported to RSPCA and exposed in the Sydney Morning Herald, resulting in the government calling a parliamentary inquiry.
The puppy farmer surrendered 16 dogs suffering severe veterinary issues including mammary tumors, infected ears, rotten teeth, deformed feet and eye infections. One dog had a twisted spine and all 16 had severe psychological damage due to deprivation. The RSPCA issued the puppy factory a ‘notice to comply’ with the Code of Practice (the legislation governing how dog breeding businesses must operate).
However as reported in today's Sydney Morning Herald, a joint investigation of the puppy factory by Oscar’s Law and Animal Liberation NSW and Qld in January this year revealed absolutely nothing on the puppy factory had changed. In fact, conditions had deteriorated even further.
The owners have continued to breach the Code of Practice, keeping approximately 100 dogs in conditions of squalid abuse without a permit. They have also continued to sell puppies online making thousands of dollars of tax-free income.
The puppy farmer has now claimed they’re closing down which means, under current NSW laws, the dogs on the property can be killed, sold to other puppy farms, or relocated. This is because, unlike Victoria, NSW legislation does not empower the RSPCA to seize the dogs.
These dogs have suffered unimaginable cruelty and pain throughout their short lives, and for them there is no end to it in sight. They remain at the mercy of the puppy farmer who has shown complete disregard to the welfare of the animals in their care, to the RSPCA directives, and to the current Code of Practice and local government legislation.
Weak legislation is protecting puppy farmers and
allowing dogs to suffer in agony.
This situation is completely unacceptable and must change.
Act now and sign our petition to the NSW Government asking they urgently amend legislation to allow all dogs on illegal, non-compliant puppy farms to be seized by the RSPCA.