Puppy farming is a blight on the dog world, an industry that churns out puppies with little regard for welfare or health, or often even the law. Whereas the puppies may be unsocialised, inbred and unhealthy, at least they have a chance to lead a normal life as a pet after being sold on. It is the adult dogs, confined for years as breeding slaves, that really suffer.
Twinklet was one of them, and having served her purpose, her puppy farmer had turfed her out, abandoning her to fend for herself with devastating injuries. Thankfully she was found by the right people, and is now under the care of Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre in Berkshire, which specialises in taking on ex-puppy farm dogs.
The DBARC staff told us, "We collected her from Wales on Friday after she'd been dumped in a field with terrible injuries including a broken jaw and infected wounds. She's clearly been a breeding dog. She was initially collected from the dump spot by Many Tears Animal Rescue Centre and when we heard about her we offered to take over all care for her as we know this is going to be costly and she's going to require extensive treatment - not to mention psychological care. We're experienced in this kind of work thankfully and will do absolutely everything necessary. Janet (manager of DBARC) and volunteer Donna did the six-hour round trip Friday and brought her here where she was immediately admitted to our veterinary practice for the weekend.
"We've been overwhelmed by the support shown for this poor girl who has clearly suffered so dreadfully. We have her home arranged for as soon as she's able to recover sufficiently to go to it, which may be some time off. She's not a young dog and this will affect her recovery time."
You can donate to help Twinklet here. As her treatment is currently ongoing, it isn't known how much it's going to be, but every little contribution helps.
Featured image via Facebook/Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre