Geelong Advertiser; Victoria MacDonald | September 8th, 2011
MALNOURISHED and worm-infested puppies have been seized from a Geelong-region pet shop.
The RSPCA alleges the three bulldog-Staffordshire terrier-cross puppies were underweight, anaemic and suffering from parasites when they were taken from the store.
Investigations into the condition of the animals continue.
The puppies, aged about 12 weeks when they were seized in late July, each put on weight quickly once in the care of the RSPCA.
“They were all under 2kg when I seized them; they were minuscule,” Inspector Hugh Robinson said.
“Puppies of that age should be double that weight, I would have thought. They were just tiny little things.
“They were really quite unwell.
“They were up and down with anaemia; their red blood cells were up and down. That’s all stabilised when they came into our care.”
One puppy, which weighed 1.7kg when the RSPCA intervened, grew to weigh 3.5kg in less than a month.
“They pretty much all doubled their weight in a few weeks,” Mr Robinson said.
The puppies have been put up for adoption at the RSPCA centre in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood.
The RSPCA understands the business has since stopped trading.
Meanwhile, cruelty charges against a Norlane man accused of starving a Staffordshire terrier-cross were yesterday adjourned at Geelong Magistrates’ Court.
A separate RSPCA investigation into the malnourishment of a mare and foal at Inverleigh was also adjourned.
Both cases will return to court on October 4.