RSPCA Qld Inspectors executed warrants simultaneously at four properties west of Brisbane yesterday in relation to a puppy farm operation. The raid which occurred on Tuesday, September 10th comes after a number of animal welfare complaints. The occupants of the properties appear to be involved in a large scale intensive breeding operation in conjunction with one another.

Inspectors located hundreds of dogs and puppies being kept on the properties for breeding and sale purposes. Welfare concerns identified by Inspectors included dogs and puppies being kept in closely confined spaces, some with untreated medical needs, and many living in inappropriate conditions without adequate socialisation, exercise and enrichment.

As a result a large number of dogs and puppies were seized and are now undergoing veterinary assessment and care at the Wacol RSPCA Animal Hospital. RSPCA Qld Chief Veterinary Officer, Anne Chester said, "It’s obvious that these dogs have been living in poor conditions and suffering for a long time. There have been significant concerns identified, including potentially harmful intestinal worm infestations, various behavioural issues that will require long term rehabilitation, and physical injuries and scars that need to be treated or documented."

Initial observations and examinations established the dogs were clearly suffering as a result of behavioural issues, due to inadequate or no socialisation or enrichment, and their inability to display normal patterns of behaviour for their species.

One dog, a Boston Terrier named Gracie, had to undergo an emergency blood transfusion as a result of severe anaemia from an intestinal worm infestation.  Others were found with broken bones, some new and some that appear to have healed without medical intervention.

Senior Inspector Laura Finigan said that people engaged in breeding dogs need to ensure appropriate standards of care. "The community expects, and the law requires, that dogs, as sentient beings, should be provided with appropriate exercise, socialisation and enrichment, and should be free to behave as dogs."

We will provide further updates on the pets and their progress where we can as the investigation remains ongoing.