Pet stores under fire from friends
FRIENDS of the Pound Tweed are blaming local pet stores selling “designer dogs” after a massive influx of badly bred puppies over the past week.
These dogs, a cross between two purebred dog breeds, can be born with a raft of genetic health problems.
Six such dogs have been surrendered recently to the group, most suffering from issues such as blindness and deafness.
Friends of the Pound spokeswoman Susie Hearder said the volunteer group was being left to foot the numerous veterinary bills.
“We have one dog, Patches, a Maltese cross, who needs an operation on his hip to enable him to live a life free of pain and he hasn't even celebrated his first birthday yet,” Ms Hearder said.
“Another puppy needed an operation on both her knees and she just turned one.”
Puppies and kittens were being sold or given away, with no consideration for their life-long needs, Ms Hearder said.
“We are urging the public not to support this horrific practice and not to buy that puppy in the window,” she said.
Friends of the Pound is even receiving entire families of pets together, Ms Hearder said. .
“Their little mates are the only familiar thing left from their previous life, so we would like to keep them together if at all possible,” she said.
Friends of the Pound currently has 24 dogs and 21 cats in foster care.
Anyone who would like to help can call the group on (07) 5524 8590.