In September 2009, 244 dogs were seized from a property at Wondai (about 100 kilometres west of Gympie) by Biosecurity Queensland. It took around three days to transport all of the dogs into the then RSPCA shelter at Fairfield.
The months ahead proved to be some of the toughest faced by RSPCA Queensland. Five of the incoming dogs needed emergency veterinary treatment, two died. It was costing almost $5,000 each day to care for the puppy farm dogs.
Here are just some of the pets rescued from the property at Wondai. Some of them required ongoing veterinary treatment for poor health; eyesight, dental problems, hip issues and skin allergies. Some also needed confidence building and socialisation.
Most of the puppy farm dogs were placed into foster care homes straight away while the case was under investigation.
This is how Tracey Wickham first came across Jemma the miniature poodle. As a swimming world champion and gold medallist, Tracey is no stranger to highs and lows. Outside of her incredible career, life has been testing for Tracey. Her little Wondai dog Jemma, was there to help her through the tough times.