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Investigations

July 2014. Puppy Love work with ITV Tonight programme to expose Welsh dog breeder. Working with Emma (producer) and Gareth (cameraman) was a pleasure and we thank them for their efforts.

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March 2011... Puppy Love work with BBC Wales to expose unlicensed breeder Derrick Davies of Ceredigion. This programme shows that councils are totally inadequate and have no interest in enforcing the Animal Welfare Act. Many thanks to Week In Week Out and Jayne Morgan and the team for highlighting this problem, working with them was a pleasure.

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Puppy Love work with Jason Farrell and channel Five to expose Dogs4us and the cruelty behind pet shop puppies. We allow Jason and channel five to use our footage to raise awareness.

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Puppy Love work with ITV Wales and thank the team at Y Byd ar Bedwar Working with them was a pleasure.

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Puppy Love investigations have exposed many licensed puppy farms and agents, which have in turn been used to raise awareness and mount public pressure. We've provided footage and photos to Channel 5, BBC, and ITV Wales, the Guardian and many other media. As a consequence, puppy farms have been closed and also a pet shop.

When we hear about incidents of sick and dying pups we investigate where the puppies were bred, which leads us to Carmarthen, and Ceredigion, Wales, again and again.

The licensed breeding establishments you see on the films (see below) are just a few of many we have complaints against. It's almost a year since we were there last and despite concerns being raised nothing has changed. Councils do not have to enforce The Animal Welfare Act nor it seems are they expected to enforce their own license conditions as you could walk into any pup farm in Wales and find breaches. RSPCA are happy to let councils deal with anything related to commercial breeding.

The dogs are not in good condition since they are kept in filthy, barren enclosures and are never exercised. Many are even lacking in the very basics of life; water. Most of the time they are in semi-darkness and some are in solitary confinement for years on end. This is very stressful for dogs, who are pack animals; the stress takes its toll on both their physical and mental health. Their pups are fearful as its the first thing they pick up from their mother.

On closer inspection of dogs we found rotten teeth, conjunctivitis,cherry eye, glaucoma, infected ears running with pus, mammary gland infections and matted coats. All these conditions have been untreated for years and dogs are still expected to produce pups on every season regardless of their health. From what we have witnessed, especially on working farms, any old shed, barn or pig stye will do to house dogs, they spend their lives in dark, dingy buildings with no outdoor runs or exercise given, the lucky ones get cleaned out once a day and fed and watered and that is all the human contact they have. Others are not so lucky and don't even get basic care once a day.
The farmers seem to think this is acceptable and treat dogs like livestock, which they are not! The consequence of this is that puppies are not socialised, adult dogs are often bred until they can breed no more and illnesses are left untreated, as going to the vets cost money.

We are often asked if we report what we find to RSPCA, the answer is yes. We have made statements and produced vet reports for RSPCA and given them our film to view. Not that they have been much help to the dogs.