Each year thousands and thousands of unwanted dogs end up in animal shelters in Great Britain. Some lucky ones will be rehomed but many will be euthanised – to reduce the surplus population. Yet, glance at any newspaper or adverts in shop windows or on the internet and you will find countless puppies for sale.
There are no restrictions or rules on advertising of pets. Commercial breeders churn out puppies as if from a factory. It is a lucrative business with puppies selling for many hundreds of pounds each. Profits are high with small overheads and even smaller overheads when the animals are neglected.
Behind closed doors there is a sinister and nasty reality, far removed from the cute image of cuddly wide-eyed puppies. Unscrupulous breeders, and there are many of them, have utter disregard for the health and welfare of their breeding bitches or the puppies they produce.
The majority of the public are still unaware of the terrible long term suffering and misery endured by both mother and puppy. Many puppies are taken away at too young an age and easily succumb to illness. The mothers live in filthy conditions, constantly kept in pup and once they can no longer produce puppies they will be abandoned, sold or killed.
Greedy and cruel breeders produce an excess of puppies and months later many of those young dogs will end up abandoned, unwanted and facing death by euthanasia. This is a despicable way to treat a wonderful animal who does not hesitate to give total devotion, loyalty and protection to his owner. Naturewatch is making presentations to parliament, launching an Early Day Motion in Westminster and seeking backing from local authorities.
More at: www.naturewatch.org
Source: DogMagazine.net – the K9 Magazine blog
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