Geelong Advertiser Erin Pearson | July 9th, 2013
AN ILLEGAL backyard overbreeding crisis is driving the region’s soaring animal surrender numbers, leaving hundreds of dogs and cats without loving homes.
Geelong Animal Welfare Society’s Cass Langdon said its pens were constantly filled with staffordshire bull terriers and other bull breeds in particular, with dozens being surrendered each week – many with puppies as owners failed to sell them.
RSPCA inspectors said it was a worrying trend, with many welfare calls caused by overbreeding and lack of money.
Ms Langdon said the crisis was heartbreaking with so many sad faces left peering from behind metal fencing at the Moolap centre.
“We’ve got a litter of staffy-cross puppies that came in just the other day because the owner couldn’t sell them as there are too many out there already for sale,” she said. “People often get staffies because they look tough, but they’re not – they’re complete softies and need companionship or they can suffer severe anxiety.
“We have a staffy in our care at the moment that came in pregnant and ended up having two puppies but required a $1200 emergency caesarean. The costs plus potential risk of labour for the dogs are big and they can die. It’s definitely not a money-making venture in someone’s backyard.” READ MORE HERE