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Bodies of four dead puppies found in region

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By Fiona Reid
Bodies of four dead puppies found in region

PUPPIES suspected to be victims of the puppy farming industry were found dead in Dumfries and Galloway recently.

The Scottish SPCA are appealing for information after the discovery of four dead puppies on November 18.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted when a lorry driver found the animals in a field next to a layby on the A77 between Cairnryan and Ballantrae.

An undercover officer said: “The A77 is the main link between Scotland and Northern Ireland, which is where the majority of puppy farm suppliers are based.

“The central belt of Scotland is also where the majority of potential customers are.”

The puppies were between six and 12 weeks old and likely to have been members of the spaniel breed.

The officer added: “We suspect they were part of a shipment from Northern Ireland and tragically died during the ferry journey before being callously dumped.

“We are currently awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.


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THE Scottish SPCA are urging people to be vigilant if buying a puppy this festive season.

The undercover officer added: “Trading puppies from puppy farms is an abhorrent practice and those involved have no regard for the welfare of the animals involved.

“We are very concerned that many people will be unwittingly supporting the puppy farming industry this Christmas by buying from unscrupulous breeders and sellers.

“The pups are often bred and kept in poor conditions, resulting in disease and infection.

“While the puppy may appear fine when purchased, problems usually begin to show shortly afterwards, by which point money has already exchanged hands and the seller is long gone.”

Anyone buying a puppy is strongly urged to avoid buying from free websites and should only go to reputable breeders.

They should always view the mother of any pups advertised and make sure they see the environment the animals are kept in.

The SPCA also advise no-one should ever allow a seller to deliver a puppy to them at home or agree to carry out the transaction in a public place such as a car park.

All buyers are highly recommended to ask for a copy of the puppy’s veterinary records, including its vaccination and health check history, as well as a receipt cmplete with the seller’s contact details.

Those who would like further guidance on buying a puppy can contact the SPCA for more information on 03000 999 999.

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