28 comments to “Puppy farms get RSPCA approval”

  1. TRISH SANTINON | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    This can’t be true???

  2. janet patzwald | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    i do hope that this isnt true , i have a 6 yr old toy that was used for breeding and as soon a si got her she was desexed and all the other vet work and ops needed this little girl is a gem now she knows she is loved so much that she is non aggressive anyway even with food , she is insistent on trying to feed us with goodos or bone usually at 3am

  3. Janine Gunter | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    Hope this is not true. Go and visit the places where some of the dogs have been seized from. What are you thinking????

  4. Lisa Franklin | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    This is outrageous!!! How dare they! I am so shocked and upset by this news!!!

  5. Lisa Franklin | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    Janet, not all dogs that are used in, or come from puppy farms have health and behavioural issues. But this does not change the fact that they are prisoners for profit, kept in loveless and appalling conditions.

  6. Cheryl Walters | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    This is disgraceful RSPCA, without question NO dogs should be sold through pet shops!

  7. Gayl Deveney | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    I believe this to be very true!! RSPCA NSW have an horrific record of killing dogs and cats even though there are many rescue groups that are ready and willing to take the animals to foster and then rehome. But RSPCA won’t work with rescue groups; if they do they will not state which ones!! It is so much easier for them to kill the animals instead of working with rescue groups.

    Reading this leaves me absolutely disgusted in the RSPCA; more disgusted and angry that I was before. This information…the true story…needs to be put out into the public and media so that naive people get the true story of what they are up to.

    The millions of dollars they have, the properties they own but do not use, the shares they buy with the public donations. I could go on and on but I am so angry now I had better stop before I get hit with a slander notice!!!

    SHAME ON YOU RSPCA!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Heather | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    You must be joking . . . no Puppy Farm should have RSPCA approval . . . I honestly cannot believe you have taken this backward step . . there is no excuse for this, you need to look at some Rescue sites and see what they take in from puppy farms . . start to offer discounted sterilizations, to everyone . . totally disgusted . . .

  9. Jennifer Patience | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    I am so disenchanted with the RSPCA over this. We need to put to stop to all puppy farms now!! How can they advocate this?????????????? I will never donate to them again, but will give my donations directly to a shelter that will stand by the animals.

  10. Maria | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    I would have loved to have gotten a small dog from the RSPCA. We had 2 Chihuahuas one purchased from a breeder, and the other a rescue. Someone basically asked if we wanted her. Anyway we have lost them both to old age. Our local RSPCA had 2 chihuahuas but when we enquired, I was told that because I had a guide dog and a rotty we were not eligible to get a dog from the RSPCA. The Rotty has been raised with small dogs and the guide dog has had small dogs around ever since I got her. I was basically forced to go to a breeder to get our chihuahua chinese crested mix. I am not saying they should hand out dogs willy-nilly but the fact that we raised 2 Chihuahuas to old age and that I have a well behaved guide dog should count for something? Just my 2 cents worth.

  11. Stewart Roberts | April 19, 2013 | Permalink

    How could an organisation calling itself a prevention of cruelty to animals business, allow bitches especially to be kept in dark sheds, in a cage with no room to move, producing litter after litter for some uncaring humans profit margins.
    This is barbaric in anyones’ terms.
    We need to keep objecting to this callous treatment, for as long as it exists.

  12. Debbie darch | April 20, 2013 | Permalink

    I am absolutley disgusted with the RSPCA, they are meant to be there to protect all unwanted dogs and cats. I wish there was more I could do to help.

  13. Kathy Croft | April 20, 2013 | Permalink

    Come on Rspca how can you allow this to go on. As someone who had a puppy from a well knon puppyfarm it is so cruel. changing the name does change the behavior.

  14. Kirsty | April 20, 2013 | Permalink

    Absolutely appalling. You failed to mention that RSPCA now ave volunteer run Pet Stores of their own, that sell animals willy nilly to people! They sold a Guinea pig to my friend, who bought it for her daughters, it was sick when they got it home, spent $1000 trying to save its life, and offerred no support to the family when nly months after purchase theses poor young girls had to bury their “ethically bred RSPCA pet”.


  15. Bill | April 20, 2013 | Permalink

    Can someone show me where was it said in that artical that the RSPCA actualy stated “RSPCA supports puppy mills/farm” everything I read said that the RSPCA and the PIAA support responsible and caring breeders to supply approved pet stores.

    This statement says it all I think “Speaking at the launch at NSW Parliament House, PIAA Chief Executive Roger Perkins said consumers can now be confident that by buying a dog or puppy from a PIAA member store, they are helping to stamp out dodgy puppy farms.

    “Dogs and puppies sold in our stores will only be from PIAA approved breeders who care for their dogs,” Mr Perkins said”

    There is however a sticker (i assume) stating that RSPCA Supports Puppy Farm but I can make that up on any computer so before condeming the RSPCA start thinking of the job they have to do and if the general public took responsibilty for dumping dogs then this issue would not be here.

    • savingpets | April 21, 2013 | Permalink

      The PIAA is the major mouthpiece for live animal sale pet shops and those places where large numbers of dogs are kept, not as pets but as production animals, and are bred from… puppy farms.

      Surprisingly, Puppy Farmers tend to actually have no problem with the term. They farm dogs – they are puppy farmers. Just like there are pig farmers and dairy farmers.

      However, the idea that bulk-farmed puppies come from ‘responsible’ breeders is negated by the fact that they then sell their wares to pet shops. No responsible breeder would be happy for their pups to be sold like a toaster to whatever passerby fancied getting a puppy that day.

      What you’re actually asking is, can puppy farms be ‘humane’.

      They can be ‘clean’, sure.

      But try and find a dog trainer or behaviorist who recommends getting your dog from a pet shop and you’ll find an almost universal consensus. Farmed dogs producing puppies into a farmed environment set companion animals up to fail.


    • Really | April 21, 2013 | Permalink

      The RSPCA have stated in their own literature that no one should buy a puppy online, in pet shops and the parents of the pups should be seen before buying.
      This is not online garbage, this is the RSPCA accepting the PIAA’s stance (who do endorse ‘up to standard’ puppy farms).
      Responsible and caring breeders’ would not put their animals in a pet shop to be sold to anyone who has the money, that is breeders breeding for money. Ethical breeders back the pups up that they produce, and rehome to screened homes, and give the pup a lifetime back up of if ever needing rehoming that the owner get in contact with them first to take the pup/dog back. So that would make the RSPCA’s offer of taking the pups null and void..
      If you can’t put the dots together do not sit there and think this move is anything positive, rather think about the bigger picture of where the hell these pups come from and what conditions are the parents living in.

  16. Karen Neubauer | April 21, 2013 | Permalink

    No! No! No! This is just straight up wrong!! Whatever happened to the ‘Protection from Cruelty to Animals”???
    Puppy farms are the epitome of cruelty. This MUST NOT happen RSPCA.

  17. Kirstie | April 21, 2013 | Permalink

    No surprised here…..First they kill pit bulls for decades and then it becomes a public issue so they publically say NO to BSL!! Meanwhile they still kill pitbulls and house BSL victims whose only crime is looking a certain way (hellooooo Hitler!!)

    Add this to the fact that it is a COMPLETE conflict of interest for an animal ‘shelter’ to act as a council pound!
    Contracturally requiring them to “make room” for incoming pound animals…how to make room?? Become a high kill shelter…..completely missing the meaning of the word SHELTER!! And…hang on…we don’t have enough room for the current influx of animals…lets apply for more and more and more pound contracts…leaving even less room for ‘sheltering’ animals!!

    And heres an idea…lets make our temperament testing so stringent that most regular pet dogs have no hope of passing them! Lets kill dogs for wandering jew allergy, turning around when we make a loud noise behind them or standing too far over their bowl while they eat……

    So, if your dog gets out…lets just hope it doesnt look a certain way, or act a certain way…or end up at the RSPCA at all!!!

  18. Brad Griggs | April 21, 2013 | Permalink

    Oscars Law has done some great good and has a very admirable and honourable aims, yet offers and focusses on an ideal outcome as opposed to providing a complete answer to the issue.

    More work is needed to come up with a feasible, immediately actionable, cost effective and robust strategy to end the farming of companion animals.

    In this spirit, the No Kill movement seems to certainly offer the other half of the equation – beyond the ideal, it certainly appears that it has the runs on the board and the programs necessary to effect the transformation that Oscars Law calls for at a ‘ready to action’ stage.

    Further to this it would be nice to see the Oscars Law brand take a position on what they consider to be the key performance indicators for the types of rescues/shelters and pounds that they consider folks should adopt from in preference to the purchase from pet shops.

    For example, somebody supporting LDH would be less than preferable given their massive kill rate and high level of commitment to their internal policies and political positions (BSL) that drive their high kill philosophy.

    Perhaps OL and NKM should team up to offer a total solution to decision makers?

    It would certainly be interesting to see the OL brand evolve in this way and use its momentum and good name to swing the pendulum further towards the transformation that they seek – in praxis as well as in spirit.

  19. Emma Filsell | April 21, 2013 | Permalink

    The RSPCA will WORK with puppy farms, but attack shelters that work as part of the No Kill movement. They have their priorities all wrong. Just as BSL targets the wrong end of the leash, the RSPCA seemingly SUPPORT the ongoing breeding of domestic pets, (how can such “apparently justifiable” high kill rates be considered an acceptable way to manage oversupply of domestic pets?) then target, raid, take and kill healthy happy dogs from shelters with a no kill policy, in opposed to working with these shelters for the best interests of these animals? At what point is it still going to be acceptable to the Aussie taxpayer to leave THIS organisation the ones to administer justice on behalf of our voiceless animals in our communities? REMEMBER the actions of the RSPCA are supported in part, by government funding, so are supported by ALL OF US! We need to make it clear that, just as BSL will NOT reduce the number of dog attacks in a community, that no kill shelters ARE the way we want animal rescue to work, and that it is the job of the RSPCA to END the over breeding, oversupply and reckless, irresponsible actions of those PROFITING from breeding puppies and kittens. It is their job to SUPPORT, WORK within and PROMOTE shelters and adoptions of pets rather than destruction of them.IF YOU DO NOT DO IT RIGHT…. YOU DO NOT GET PAID! SACK EM AN EMPLOY SOMEONE ELSE!!!!

  20. Chris Gamble | April 21, 2013 | Permalink

    The RSPCA stood for PREVENTION of cruelty to animals Their latest decision changes their name to RSECA ENCOURAGEMENT of cruelty to animals You disgusting hypocrites!!!

  21. Veronica Levin | April 21, 2013 | Permalink

    The RSPCA is just another money making organisation and they have started to care less for animals and more about the dollar. One of their money making ventures being eggs and now selling the tick to puppy farms. There is no such thing as a good puppy farm!!!!! What happens when you call them about a sick or injured animal? They fob you off to the council or wildlife rescue, they let others do the real work while they sit back and collect the dollars. God forbid you don’t have the money to pay for a vet because they won’t help you there either. Why don’t they desex animals free of charge? They disgust me.

  22. Amanda | April 21, 2013 | Permalink

    What I don’t get is this:

    Any dog purchased from a PIAA member that is subsequently abandoned by its owner will be re-homed and saved from euthanasia. The first state to implement PIAA re-homing is NSW, where PIAA has partnered with RSPCA NSW.

    How are they keeping track of them? But more importantly, second to the health and welfare of breeding animals one of the significant issues is that pups sourced from pet shops have often missed out on critical socialisation and handling. We know this can lead to serious behaviour problems for the dogs later in life. The RSPCA already has a questionable temperament test and rehoming policy so does their “guarantee” to rehome PIAA member sold pups extend to those with behavioural problems?

    I guess the gist of what I am reading is that the information provided by PIAA and RSPCA is designed to mislead the well intended public. Again.

  23. Dante | April 22, 2013 | Permalink

    It’s interesting how you fail to mention the hours, days, months, years that RSPCA inspectors spend in court fighting to keep the animals that they have saved from puppy farms. And if RSPCA are such baddies that you keep saying they are, why do you work with them on your Pet Rescue program?

    • savingpets | April 22, 2013 | Permalink

      Oh – that totes makes it ok then.

      As long as *some* good is being done, then by all means keep farming dogs & selling them in shops.

  24. Miranda | April 23, 2013 | Permalink

    Then why does Oscar’s Law do rallies with RSPCA? RSPCA state they are against puppy farms. You’ve made some really big assumptions here

    • savingpets | April 23, 2013 | Permalink

      What assumptions?