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300 DOGS RESCUED; Squalid puppy farm shut down.

Byline: BLANAID MURPHY

MORE than 300 defenceless dogs and 11 horses were recovering last night after being saved from a "horrific" puppy farm.

The animals were in captivity in Myshall, Co Carlow and had matted coats and chronic skin, eye and teeth problems.

ISPCA rescued the 340 dogs and horses over the past nine days.

The dogs were mostly adult females, including cocker spaniels, Siberian huskies, Yorkshire terriers, Bichon Frise crosses, Cavalier King Charles and Shih Tzus.

RECOVERING Their paws were badly infected from being soaked in urine.

Most of the animals have been taken to the ISPCA's national animal centre in Longford, with others taken to welfare groups.

Chief inspector Conor Dowling said: "This operation has been extremely challenging for the ISPCA as a whole and for the individuals involved at a personal level.

"The conditions in this dog breeding establishment were shocking and it was imperative it be shut down.

"We welcome the first closure notice since implementation of the Dog Breeding Establishment Act and are delighted we were able to remove so many animals where welfare was compromised.

"We would particularly like to thank An Garda Siochana for their efforts in dealing with this matter."

A rescued dog " ISPCA chief, Dr Andrew Kelly added: "This is an appalling and horrific case. Many of these animals were living in squalid conditions and there were dead animals around the site.

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