We Need to Talk about Puppy Farming

It’s time to stop this practice

At Dundalk Dog Rescue we make it our mission to protect dogs no matter their background because we believe all dogs deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion.

This is why we want to put a stop to puppy farming.

Every day pounds will receive unwanted dogs from local homes and off the streets. We rescue the dog from the pound to save it from being put down after five days. Some come to us healthy but most dogs come to us in a horrific state, both physically and emotionally. They have been abused and unwanted for the majority of their lives and it is heartbreaking.  It is our job to fundraise for money, to get the dog some medical help from a vet, give it somewhere to sleep, something to eat and then rehomed when healthy again. But what is the nub of this problem? The main problem is puppy farming in Ireland and this issue needs to be addressed and dealt with.

Irish puppy farms are currently exporting around 30,000 dogs a year to the UK. The puppies are sometimes of poor breeding and completely disoriented in terms of behaviour from lack of socialisation. Every puppy farm will consist of breeding dams which are the mother of all the puppies. She would spend her whole life in a pen constantly producing litter after litter. In the puppy farms that were recently discovered in Ireland, these dogs lay in mouldy straw beds with body infections,  overgrown nails, no separate area for urination, matted coats and alarming flea infestations.

Most people don’t know they are buying from a puppy farm with farmers meeting people with a dog half way or moving the litter into a separate room. Online buying sites such as Done Deal are starting to appreciate the horrors of puppy farming in Ireland and how much their website contributes to it. They have recently developed a scheme where sellers will be reported if they have too many selling posts related to dogs. This is an attempt to help, but all the farmers need are a couple of email addresses and they can adapt to selling on different accounts.

So what can we do? It’s all down to the government. We need to change the legislation and have it enforced much more methodically. To change the law we need to protest, lobby, argue and we need to make a fuss. Write a strongly worded letter to your local TD, outlining the importance of this issue and asking them what they are actively doing about it. Join online campaigns on Facebook that will update you on upcoming protests or actions you can take.

Stand with Dundalk Dog Rescue and make it known we will not stand for this.