A licensed breeder in South Lanarkshire has been banned from keeping animals for 15 years after the dogs and puppies in her care were discovered to be underweight, ill and living in appalling, filthy conditions.
Scottish SPCA officers conducted a raid on the premises in August last year, removing 36 vulnerable dogs. They had been housed haphazardly between wooden sheds and a garage, with little bedding and no fresh food or water. In fact, the only food found during the search was mouldy, and had been left in a plastic tray for a Yorkshire Terrier and her newborn puppies.
The photograph below shows a bright pink pet carrier, and incredibly this was one dog's permanent home. Abbey, a West Highland Terrier, lived within. She was left on a shelf and covered over. She again appeared to have nothing to eat or drink, and didn't even have access to light. Abbey was found to be very thin and riddled with skin problems, leaving her itchy and balding.
The dogs were taken to various Scottish SSPA centres for treatment and rehabilitation, and thankfully the majority went on the recover entirely.
Moran Jackson, the breeder responsible for this situation, was recently convicted of four offences under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. She will also have to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work.
Gary Aitken, procurator fiscal, wildlife and environment said, “I welcome today’s sentence and the granting of the order preventing Morag Jackson from keeping dogs.”
“This was one of the worst cases of gross, widespread and indiscriminate neglect which the Crown has dealt with in recent times.
“These dogs were caused terrible and unnecessary suffering and Jackson failed to provide them with a suitable environment.
“We expect the highest standards of commercial dog breeders and are committed to working with the Scottish SPCA and the police to ensure that those who do not meet these standards are held to account.”
This case serves as a reminder that the fact a breeder is licensed is never any guarantee that they follow the letter of the law, and their animals are looked after properly and loved. The only way to know the situation in which your puppy comes from is to visit the breeding premises in person and meet the mother.