Tuesday, August 05, 2014


It was a darling tiny little pup, very much wanting to chew anything it could get into its little mouth full of pointed baby teeth.  It had lovely markings, picture book markings for a Jack Russell dog. He was happily bounding around on an area of grass at the feet of the girl holding his lead.

One girl in the group with the pup did not know what kind of dog it was, the other did not know how old it was, another youngster plucked an age out of thin air and so it went on. Another girl arrived who knew a bit more. The puppy was born on a local farm, he was one of six.  The pup arrived with them two weeks ago aged six weeks.  She thought he ate about three times a day puppy meals from a sachet.  As for inoculations,  what would they be for.....rather than go into it, I gently suggested the pup not be allowed to run around too much on the grass and not to go for walks  for now, explaining her puppy might become ill without have had protective injections first.

A year ago, I saw a family with a four weeks old Labrador  puppy in a park. It had been with these people a week already. The adults were very coy in talking to me about it and no wonder, they knew fine well the dog was too young to have been taken away from its mum.

There are, without a doubt, some disreputable people breeding animals. They have no care about early separations, no care about what kind of home an animal is going to, nor about what kind of care it will receive.


Anonymous said...

That's very concerning. I hope there was a report to the RSPCA?

ZACL said...

Hi Gilly,
I did mot know either of the groups of people and because of where we are, getting a representative of the SSPCA out to look at these situations immediately, was not likely. Reporting either of these cases, I agree, would have been desirable.

Snowbird said...

Thanks for highlighting this problem Menhir, I agree it's totally unacceptable, these animals are bred for money and especially in the case of puppy farms are removed from their mothers far too early and often fall sick and die. I came across such a case recently and the puppy was dying, fortunately it received veterinary care and pulled through.xxx

ZACL said...

Hi Snowbird,

I am glad to hear your ministrations helped one little pup. I am disturbed that such young animals are taken from their mums and litters to suit what breeders want.

Years ago a friend and I helped a young dog, (about 2years old) which was plastered in dried mud and was shivering in the winter cold. it had been maltreated by neighbours, where nominally, it lived. It was frightened at first. We regularly fed it, and reported the matter to the RSPCA. The dog had a lovely nature. A week later I saw the RSPCA van arrive and the driver took the dog.

An article in the local paper some months later, told me that the dog owners were heavily fined by the courts for cruelty to an animal and they were banned from ever having another one. Sadly, the dog had distemper, I think it was put down.

The same people had a cat, a dear soul,toothless, and in need of of TLC. I gave it shelter and fed it. When I moved I rehomed her with a friend.

Anonymous said...

If we really were a nation of so called pet lovers then the many over flowing pet rescue centres would hardly exist. Puppy farming is a vile trade that should be banned outright.
All our cats over the years have been rescue ones, and most people I know with dogs are the same. I'm thankful that there are people who care.
Flighty xx

ZACL said...

You make a good point there Mr F. Animal rescue centres, as a rule, don't have animals that befell hard times through natural losses. Sure, some do, some animals are given up, (better that than anything worse) but, unfortunately, there are very many animals of all kinds who need rescue and help.