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'Distressing' USPCA condemn 'horrible' puppy farms as dog neglected and left to die

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  • The USPCA said that the dog was “visibly frightened, unwell and in considerable pain.”

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Thedog, which has given birth to multiple litters was found deserted by a member of the public in the Longfield Road area of Forkhill, Co. Armagh (USPCA)

Thedog, which has given birth to multiple litters was found deserted by a member of the public in the Longfield Road area of Forkhill, Co. Armagh (USPCA)

Thedog, which has given birth to multiple litters was found deserted by a member of the public in the Longfield Road area of Forkhill, Co. Armagh (USPCA)

A Northern Irish animal welfare charity organisation is calling for stricter sanctions for illegal breeders after a suspected puppy farm dog had to be put down after being abused and abandoned.

The Ulster Society for the Prevention Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) took to social media today to share some photos of the distressed dog, found deserted in a ditch by a member of the public in the Longfield Road area of Forkhill.

The animal, thought to be a spaniel, was suspected to have come from a puppy farm and had given birth to multiple litters.

The USPCA said that she was “visibly frightened, unwell and in considerable pain.”

The charity added that the dog was so severely neglected – with photos showing patches of fur missing and irritated skin - that it was difficult for the veterinary team to establish its specific breed.

Following veterinary assessment, the dog was diagnosed with severe mange and a serious bacterial skin infection which made her breed nearly undistinguishable.

She also suffered from a huge abdominal tumour and was in a great deal of pain, so the USPCA veterinary team was forced to put her down.

USPCA Chief Executive, Brendan Mullan, is now calling for more effective enforcement and regulation against illegal breeders.

He said: “This was a truly horrible and distressing case of animal cruelty and neglect, and we condemn the actions of those responsible for treating an animal this way.

“Her condition and the manner in which she was abandoned leads us to believe that she was a former puppy farm dog. Following a spate of abandoned puppies and terrible cases of animal cruelty in recent month.

“This case is yet another example of why Northern Ireland urgently needs better enforcement and regulation to clamp down on these illegal breeders.

“Keeping a dog in such poor conditions is one thing but to then abandon her at a roadside when she was obviously so unwell is unforgiveable.

“We are asking members of the public with any information around this incident to please come forward and contact the USPCA on 028 3025 1000,” he added.

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Continuing, Mr Mullan said that this case highlights the “disturbing reality of the puppy farming industry.”

“The more we see demand for young pups, the more this appalling industry grows. We are pleading with the public to rehome a dog from their local animal shelter and avoid illegal breeders at all costs – the individuals involved have no regard for animal welfare and are only interested in lining their pockets.

“This dog was so visibly ill but was being exploited over and over by her owners for profit – when she was no longer of use, she was left to die by herself.”

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