Eighteen puppies and seven adult dogs were transported to the RSPCA WA Animal Care Centre at Malaga today. 

The dogs have been surrendered to the RSPCA as a result of irresponsible backyard breeding from a suburban home located in the southern suburbs of Perth. 

RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift commented: “In this situation the owners have not sterilised their dogs and have found themselves in an out of control situation with a large number of unwanted puppies.  The owners could not manage and have done the responsible thing and called for help.

“This does highlight the challenges inspectors face on a daily basis where, because of irresponsible breeding, many end up neglected and a case for RSPCA either now or sometime in the future.

“Thankfully for these animals, they will receive the care and medical treatment they need by RSPCA which most importantly includes being sterilised so the cycle of breeding can be stopped in this case.”

RSPCA WA CEO David van Ooran said “Our main priority is to care, rehabilitate, sterilise and eventually rehome this large group of dogs, however we reiterate the urgency and importance of new legislation to stop irresponsible backyard breeding which results in a raft of welfare issues and the oversupply of dogs.

“RSPCA WA has been advocating for many years on this.  It is urgent for legislation to be adopted that would see key actions such as mandatory registration of breeders, mandatory de-sexing of all dogs and ensuring pet shops may only sell dogs from registered breeders or reputable rescue organisations.  All are effective measures in significantly reducing the number of unwanted dogs and, as a result, minimising cruelty from neglect and abandonment.”

“WA Labor has announced a policy to address the issue of irresponsible dog breeding and puppy farming and we are currently in discussions with the state government in the hope that they will also agree to this much needed legislation.”

RSPCA WA relies on donations and community support to generate more than 90% of the funds required to sustain its animal protection work.  To donate, please call 9209 9340 or visit www.rspcawa.asn.au

Click here to view more photos from the rescue operation.

Media contact: Anne Gabriel, Communications Manager RSPCA WA, 9209 9313, 0437 069 853 or agabriel@rspcawa.asn.au

One of the adult dogs being comforted by an inspector

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