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Please STOP buying pet shop puppies!
Some dogs are kept in solitary confinement all their breeding lives. What a miserable existence for man's best friend. These are Carmarthenshire approved breeding establishments known as a puppy farms. Each one given the blessing of Carmarthen council after inspection even though conditions are unfit and breach the Animal Welfare Act.
Hello and welcome. Our website has been created to raise awareness to the horrors of what is generally known as "Puppy Farming/Battery farming". Every day in the UK a dog is killed every hour in council run pounds. We, the tax payer, are paying local government to kill healthy dogs, dogs who just need a home. Meanwhile, local councils are issuing more and more licenses to puppy factory farmers to breed more and more dogs, its lunacy. Councils are failing to properly inspect these puppy factories or enforce their license conditions and the animal welfare act. Our investigations show dogs suffering with hunger and thirst, living in filthy overcrowded conditions and some dogs needing urgent veterinary help. RSPCA are given our film and reports.
Its time to say enough is enough, our companion animals deserve better!
Read more about our investigations as we go undercover with Jason Farrel for Channel Five and Sky news to uncover puppy farms that supply Dogs4us pet shop. We also go undercover with Sian Morgan for ITV Wales and Jane Morgan for BBC Wales.
Puppy farms are large-scale breeding premises. The aim of puppy farms is to make money, no matter the cost to the dogs, who are kept in cramped and cruel conditions. The puppies are sold through pet shops, internet and newspaper ads.
Puppy farms in the UK have been found to have as many as 200 breeding dogs, most kept locked inside 24 hours a day, often in complete darkness. They are usually located on farms in barns, disused chicken houses garages or any disused outbuilding. The dogs are forced to eat, sleep and give birth in the same area they urinate and defecate; something they would never do given the choice. In some cases they are treated worse than animals bred for the food chain. The general public keep up the demand for pups and so the cruelty continues, day after miserable day.
Dogs on puppy farms are often neglected; matted coats, infected eyes and ears and rotten teeth are just a few of the painful conditions the dog suffer. When breeding dogs become too old and exhausted to continue producing puppies they are killed or a lucky few are given to rescues. The puppies also often have behavioral and psychological problems, such as aggression and fearfulness, because they are not exposed to the outside world.
We carry out undercover investigations to provide evidence of the cruelty of puppy farms so we can educate people and put pressure on those with the power to close them down.
Ireland & Wales: the puppy farming capitals
Puppy farms are most common in Wales and Ireland; the puppies they produce are sold in pet shops all over the UK and through newspaper ads and the internet. It is estimated that 50,000 trafficked puppies are believed to be imported from Ireland each year, most destined for pet shops in Southern England. The county of Carmarthenshire in Wales alone is thought to produce 28,000 puppies a year also destined for the pet trade in England.
We hold demonstrations outside pet shops that sell puppy farm dogs as part of our work to raise public awareness and to convince pet shops to stop fuelling this cruel trade.
Puppy farms are not illegal
Puppy farms in England, Wales and Scotland are licensed by their local council and are not illegal. The premises are inspected by the council who issue the license every year. The inspections focus on the premises and little attention is paid to the health and well being of the dogs. It is the responsibility of the licensing council to ensure dog breeding facilities in their area meet high welfare standards and in many instances they fail to do this; particularly in Wales.
We focus much of our efforts on lobbying the the Welsh Assembly and local authorities where there are most puppy farms, such as Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
Click here to read personal, heartbreaking stories from people who have bought pups from disreputable sources