The ISPCA has deemed the scale of the animal rescue efforts at a puppy farm in Myshall, Co. Carlow, as ‘unprecedented.’
Gardai, ISPCA officers, as well as officials from the Department of Agriculture and the Local Authority were working together to remove 340 dogs and 11 horses over a nine-day period. Those animals in dire need of veterinary attention were moved first.
The vast majority of animals were transported to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford, while some were taken to the ISPCA Equine Centre in Mallow. Others were removed to other welfare groups who kindly offered help.
The rescued dogs were by and large all adult females of different breeds like Cocker Spaniels, Siberian Huskies, Yorkshire Terriers, Bichon Frise crosses, Cavalier King Charles, and Shih Tzu’s. There were also a small number of large-breed puppies under five weeks old.
Most dogs had heavily matted coats, which needed to be completely clipped. A great number also suffered from chronic skin, eye and teeth problems.
The ISPCA has now issued an emergency appeal, asking the public to donate anything they can, if at all possible.