CARIAD are having a ''cage roll'' through the streets of Carmarthen on Sat 17th Dec at 10 30am . It will be an awareness and publicity event. They will be pushing a trolley with a cage containing a large toy mother dog and lots of puppies crammed in to get the message across. The followers will be wearing dog cosumes and hats. Watch this space I hope they will send me photos of the event.
The cage roll took place and the sun was out but it was nippy. Walked through the shopping area of Carmarthen generating a lot of interest.Leaflets were distributed and people wanted to donate money but the licence did not cover that. Caz was volunteered into wearing a dog suit. This resulted in a PCSO phoning base and reporting that someone was walking around Carmarthen in a dog suit. So a friendly PC was sent out to investigate the rogue dog. ;D This is Caz the offender with Linda the organiser of CARIAD
The dalmations must have turned a few heads, but my favourite is the doggie that Abs and Bails were with ;D Fair play to you Caz, ten outta ten Nice board too Bern
Seems like you had plenty of interest from folk It's a powerful way to get the right messages out there (until and unless the Assembly puts some proper legislation in place). I missed you on the news, I hope someone recorded it.
I would like to share with you the Xmas News Letter from Puppy Love detailing some of the work they have done this year.
Happy Christmas And Thank You.
Posted: 22 Dec 2011 09:46 AM PST
As 2011 draws to a close, we look back on our work for the year and although we feel it is never enough, we are pleased with what we have been able to achieve.
You may remember a breeder in Ceredigion who we exposed late in 2010. This man kept 94 dogs in absolute squalor. When shown our film, Dogs Trust’s vet said it was the worst case he had ever seen in his very long career. The breeder was prosecuted for breeding dogs without a license, but allowed to keep 12 dogs to breed from.
After our film of his premises was shown on BBC Wales early in 2011, Ceredigion Council informed us that this man is no longer breeding dogs, and will not be given a license should he apply for one in the future.
May saw us investigating in Wales again, and at one farm we were able to get help for a Cocker Spaniel with a very serious untreated eye condition. This breeder was issued with improvement notices, so conditions are now better for the dogs.
During July we found dogs living in atrocious conditions in yet another farm in Wales. We reported it immediately to the RSPCA who executed a warrant and removed all 35 dogs from the premises. We are told that this breeder will now be facing prosecution in the New Year.
Mid Wales also came under fire, and information was given to the council about an unlicensed breeder who will have to improve conditions for their dogs. The council will also prosecute the breeder for trading without a license.
Investigations in England also saw us finding dogs in appalling conditions and the RSPCA removing all the dogs. We are hopeful that this breeder will be charged with animal cruelty in the very near future.
In Scotland, we uncovered a back yard breeder and worked with the council and the SSPCA until all the dogs and puppies were removed to safety. The breeder was prosecuted and fined. Another case in Scotland saw all of a breeder’s dogs removed by the SSPCA and the council, and thankfully he is no longer breeding dogs.
These cases are only the tip of the iceberg in what we all know is a distressing and opportunistic industry. But nonetheless we have improved the situations of some dogs and puppies during the year, and had prosecutions brought against some breeders by councils.
It’s harrowing, costly and time consuming work and we are but a small, dedicated team. But we will carry on to the best of our ability to follow up complaints from the public about sick pups and bad breeders.
We are hoping that 2012 will bring relief for 1000’s of breeding dogs in Wales as the Welsh Government move forward with plans to crack down on puppy farming in their country. Plans have just recently gone out for consultation, please follow the link and fill in the form to add your voice to ours and many others:
In the consultation document it was stated that TV programmes and video evidence have helped the Welsh Government to understand that there is need for change. We are proud to have been involved with those TV programmes and to have given evidence to prove that there are those who are breeding dogs in Wales right now in a way that is inhumane and goes against all the animal welfare codes of practice.
Finally, we would like to thank you for your continued support and encouragement, and to those who have been kind enough to donate money, a huge thank you. Without your help we simply could not carry on.
Wishing you a happy and peaceful Christmas. We will be back refreshed and ready to take up the fight again throughout 2012.
Once again Carmarthen is in the spotlight re Puppy Farming. A retrospective application has been submitted to the council W/25841. This farm has been operating for 5yrs without planning permission, it has 107 breeding bitches and 17 stud dogs with one full and two part time workers. This application is due to be heard on 5th Jan. Can you believe that the farm has a licence but has not had planning permission!! Wouldn't you think that the licence dept and the planning dept speak or cross reference with each other?? But there again this is Carmarthen County Council and they seem to have strange ways of operating
CARIAD have worked so hard through 2011 to address many issues regarding puppy farming. Let's hope that new Welsh legislation in 2012 brings an outright end to the worst practices that Wales is sadly renowned for.
Good luck to CARIAD, all their supporters and everyone who cares about this very important element of animal welfare in 2012.