Seeing breeding dogs in situ in a puppy farm is hard to deal with. The sorrow and mistrust in their eyes pulls at our heart strings. It’s impossible not think of our own dogs at home with the love and comfort they have as family members and close companions. There’s simply no comparison to the lives of breeding dogs. They exist in a world where no kind hands or voices break up their miserable days spent caged or penned up. Breeding dogs have no life at all, what they have is a living, endless nightmare.
This is why when the opportunity arises we rescue them. We don’t go looking for them, they find us when their breeder says ‘this one’s no good, she eats her pups’, or ‘take that one, she throws deformed pups’, or ‘this one’s lame’. The reasons for discarding their dogs are endless and if they can’t make a breeder a profit, dogs are just a waste of space and resources, they’re not worth feeding or keeping. It’s a disgraceful attitude to man’s best friend but it’s one found throughout the world of puppy farming.
Dogs are given free to us, we never pay for them and we never will. We’re fortunate to have the support of some very good ethical rescues and we know the dogs we save will always get the love, care and rehabilitation they need once we hand them over. We’ve rescued breeding dogs from puppy farms in England, Scotland and of course Wales. It doesn't matter where in the UK they come from or if premises are licensed or unlicensed the dogs are all the same; broken, defeated, worn out and suspicious of anyone who approaches.
Our touch is super sensitive, we lift them gently and with great compassion, but despite this, some will empty their bowels or bladder at our lightest touch. Their terror of humans is total. We speak softly as we put them in the car which will take them to freedom and a much better life.
Most of them require immediate veterinary treatment for infections of skin, ears, eyes and mouth. Rotten teeth are common and the pain and untreated ailments they have lived with is unthinkable. Almost all the dogs smell badly and need a good bath. It may be a surprise to know, but they seem to enjoy their first dip in warm clean water.
We didn't intend to rescue dogs when we started to expose the dreadful conditions in dog breeding facilities, it's just something that’s happened along the way. We’re very glad it did because seeing the dogs a few months later who we’ve taken from hellish lives, happy and enjoying their well earned and far overdue freedom is priceless, truly priceless.
Some will carry certain fears for the rest of their lives but with love and care they know happiness that they never knew during their imprisoned years. Had they not been rescued they would have died not knowing humans can be kind, not knowing comfort or good food. This is the price that breeding dogs pay for puppy buyers to have their cute puppy.
In a society where dogs do invaluable work guiding the blind, and assisting those who need it, protect our troops, help fight crime and serve their country, yet with all this, others are kept in dreadful lives of breeding and abused on a daily basis while the local authorities and lawmakers ignore their plight.
It’s well past the time this misery ended. Well past time that limits should be placed on the amount of dogs any breeder can have, for dogs are not livestock and should not live as such. They're companion animals and puppies should not be born and raised into conditions which are much the same as for livestock. Improving license conditions and ending pet shop sales is never going to be enough to stop the suffering of breeding dogs.
Serious action at the very core of this cruel industry is needed. Because while agricultural sheds, barns and kennels are filled with dogs, the abuse and betrayal of our best friends will continue.