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Dogs in bunker case highlights the problem of puppy farms
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014, 01:21:17 PM »
Dogs in bunker case highlights the problem of puppy farms 

720 ABC Perth  By Emma Wynne   Posted Fri 6 Jun 2014, 2:10pm AEST

    Puppy farm closed height=227 Photo: A dog is lifted out of an underground bunker at a puppy farm in the Wheatbelt. (Supplied: RSPCA)
A recent animal cruelty case in WA has reignited discussion around the ethics of breeding puppies for profit.

Katherine Lisa King was found guilty on May 5 of three counts of animal cruelty.

RSPCA inspectors, police and rangers searched King's property in Kellerberrin and found 50 dogs, 12 of which were being kept in an underground bunker, accessed through a small hole covered by a metal lid.

Tim Mayne from the RSPCA said "the most shocking thing was the underground bunker".

"We were pretty horrified when we lifted the lid and saw the puppies there."

Mr Mayne said the RSPCA has long been campaigning against 'puppy farming', the intensive breeding of dogs for sale, often at lower prices than usual.

"There are legitimate breeders out there," he said.

"Talk to the breeder, see if they are happy for you to inspect their facilities and see the mum and dad of the puppies."

It's a call echoed by Pam Campbell, the Vice-President of the Canine Association of WA.

"We certainly discourage our members from supplying to pet shops. Pet shops do encourage, to an extent, impulse buying," Ms Campbell said, adding that buyers have no way of knowing where the dogs have come from and in what state they were cared for.

"I think the message that the Canine Association would want to send is that anyone who is looking to buy a puppy should do their research first.

"Look for a properly qualified, registered breeder and then go to their premises, see the puppies and the parents and the way the dogs are kept."<blockquote>These puppy farms exist because people want everything cheap, even dogs. If you can't afford the vet, you can't afford the pet.

Fran - SMS to 720 ABC Perth  Talkback caller Claire recounted a distressing experience buying a dog from a registered breeder.

"We decided to go to a breeder and see if we could purchase a companion dog for our collie. We saw an ad for a four-year-old collie and we decided to go to the breeder and purchase the dog.

"Within 24 hours of coming home she was dropping dead puppies. We took her to the vet and he was quite angry.

"The memory of it has stayed with me and have been nervous about breeders ever since. I thought we were doing the right thing by getting a dog from a breeder."

Pam Campbell said the association holds its member to high standards.

"We have a very strict code of conduct for our members and our members are penalised if they do not follow it," she said.