Last week, we launched a new report Scotland’s Puppy Profiteers exposing the traffickers, dealers and breeders in Scotland who put profit before the welfare of our animals.
If you’ve never bought a dog then you might be unfamiliar with the conditions that some of these poor animals are sold in. As someone who was brought up with a family cat, I know I was completely shocked when OneKind’s investigations revealed the appalling conditions that puppies are being kept in up and down the country.
It shows that not only is there a problem with people breaking the law, but also a problem with the law that is in place not being adequate.
Here are some of the most shocking things we have come across during our investigation.
1. Dogs kept in a yard covered in faeces
The window this photo was taken through was dirty, but you can still see that this outside yard in is completely covered in faeces. It’s a clear indication that this area the dogs are spending time in has not been cleaned in some time. This licensed breeder also had six-week-old puppies that were kept in an outside building in winter. While they did have adequate bedding, the roads were covered in ice and the outhouse was very cold.
2. Puppies displaying unusual behaviour
These puppies from a licenced breeder were seen cowering in the corner when our investigator went to see them. This is not the usual behaviour we’d expect to see from puppies who would usually be running around and jumping all over someone if they went into visit.
3. Puppies kept in inadequate conditions
These puppies from a licensed breeder were kept in a portacabin-style outbuilding. As you can see from the photo, they were being kept in bare pens with no bedding material. Some puppies that were just three weeks old were seen lying on bare wood.
4. Dog gave birth to multiple litters in one year
These puppies came from the second litter of the year from their mother who the breeder said had rejected both sets of puppies before they were 5 weeks old. The puppies were also kept outside in winter and seemed subdued with our investigator was present.