The Mercury, CRAIG HOGGETT | January 11, 2012
HUNDREDS of dogs are being used as breeding machines in squalid conditions at puppy farms around Tasmania, it was claimed yesterday.
Brightside Sanctuary says it has taken possession of 120 former breeding dogs in the past year, including 55 seized from one intensive farming operation.
The revelation is the second in a week about widespread animal cruelty going unchecked across the state.
The Sunday Tasmanian this week revealed that dog fighting rings are under investigation by the RSPCA and police.
The issue has prompted governments in other states to tighten regulation of the breeding industry. MORE HERE
The Mercury; Jan 8 2012
The staffordshire bull terrier, above, and the mastiff, below, are two of the breeds of dogs most likely to be used in dog fighting. Anyone considering giving away such dogs should thoroughly check out prospective owners.
Family pets are being killed in their dozens as part of blood-thirsty dog-fighting events throughout Tasmania.
Tasmania Police and the RSPCA have joined forces to crack down on the criminal “sport” in what could be the biggest animal welfare case recorded in the state.
There are reports of individual dogs being trained to become killers and goaded into killing as many as nine other dogs at each event.
RSPCA chief executive Ben Sturges said he could not detail the specific focus or scale of the investigation only saying that police in Hobart and Devonport were helping his inspectors.
“RSPCA Tasmania and Tasmania Police are working together on a joint operation surrounding dog-fighting rings in Tasmania,” Mr Sturges said. READ MORE HERE