THERE has been a happy ending to what the RSPCA is calling one of the worst cases of animal cruelty in recent history.
Puppies rescued from breeding program find a new home
Just weeks after 100 puppies were rescued from an intensive breeding program in Pyramid Hill seven puppies have been adopted in Melbourne in one day with over half the rescued animals now living in foster care.
One of the puppies has found a new home with David Fitzgerald, the RSPCA communications officer, who was fostering the four -month-old cocker spaniel ‘Sophie’ with his family for a few weeks but has now decided to keep her.
“We just couldn't give her back,” he said.
“My wife Karryn, our three kids Marcus, James and Marissa, one border collie, and two cats have adopted Sophie.
"But I think we were always going to keep her.
“She is going beautifully, growing day by day and she is great with the kids.
“They absolutely love her and argue over whose lap she is going to sit on.
“She was one of the lucky ones; she was taken in with some other pups. They were quite young and reasonably healthy as they had been with their mum and didn't know what was going on.
More than 50 of the puppies are now in the RSPCA foster care program
“She came to us at eight weeks after she had been de-sexed while her two sisters were adopted within minutes of being pronounced healthy.
“More than 50 of the puppies are now in the RSPCA foster care program.
“The ones we still have here are the ones that have outstanding health issues, mainly the older dogs.
“Once they are fit and healthy they will go into foster care to get used to being around people again.
“We have set up an expression of interest on the website and people can go online and register to foster these and other dogs.
“We take all the time it takes. There is a misconception in the public that we have a time limit but that’s not true.
"We keep the dogs until they are fit and healthy. We have had dogs as long as 12 months.”
More than 100 puppies were rescued from a puppy farm in Pyramid Hill in a joint operation attended by RSPCA inspectors, veterinarians and a rescue team, along with police and council staff.
The RSPCA said it was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty in recent history with many of the dogs in poor condition, physically and mentally, and requiring immediate veterinary attention.
Loddon Shire Council will prosecute the operator of the puppy farm.
“We are on the verge of completing our investigation,” Mr Fitzgerald said.