Abandoned dog may be from 'puppy mill'

SPCA Otago business development manager Kirsty Thomson holds abandoned purebred shih tzu Ted. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
SPCA Otago business development manager Kirsty Thomson holds abandoned purebred shih tzu Ted. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
The best breeding years are behind purebred shih tzu Ted and he needs a home.

SPCA Otago animal attendant Rachel Foerg said Ted was given to the Dunedin shelter by a person who told staff he had became surplus to a breeder's requirements.

Ted could be from a ''puppy mill'' - a large-scale breeder where care was below standard.

''They have cages and cages and cages of breeding dogs.''

Ted had not been looked after and had bad hips that needed medical attention.

SPCA Otago business development manager Kirsty Thomson said there had been social media reports of ''puppy mills'' in South Otago.

But as there had not been any ''legitimate complaints'' the shelter had not investigated.

-shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

Puppy Mill

If the SPCA are aware of concerns, why do they not check it out? Clearly unless you are able to access the property in question and do an inspection, there is no way of knowing, and the only ones with the ability to do that are the SPCA or Police, not members of the public. Therefore waiting for an official complaint is a nonsense. 

From the article it is obvious the SPCA know where this shelter is located. Could we have an answer from the SPCA as to why they have not investigated??  

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