Update on RSPCA Stop Puppy Farm Campaign

Briefing from RSPCA Australia; 16th August 2011

The puppy farm campaign continues and is clearly having an impact on governments and policy makers with a number of positive steps taking place since we last contacted you. Please find a summary of these initiatives below.


  • The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) is planning a Code of Practice for the breeding of dogs.
  • From the 1st July 2011 it became mandatory to microchip dogs from 6 months of age. While this is a positive step in the right direction, we hope future amendments will ensure pups are legally required to be microchipped by the breeder prior to sale or transfer with the breeder’s details recorded on the microchip register database.


  • The Domestic Animals Act has been reviewed and included stakeholder consultation.
  • The new Victorian government have advised they are committed to legislative change for the Spring session.
  • The government has given increased powers to the RSPCA Inspectorate to enforce the Domestic Animals Act which was previously only enforceable by local government officers. Inability to enforce the DAA was previously a major constraint for the RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate when trying to protect animal welfare. When a cruelty complaint is investigated and breaches of the Domestic Animals Act are in evidence, Inspectors now have the powers to act outside of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA).
  • The RSPCA have introduced PROVE IT stickers to encourage pet shops to prove that they do not source their puppies from puppy farms.
  • The second phase of the campaign will be in Nov/Dec 2011 focusing on the channels through which puppy farms sell their puppies – online, print media and pet shops to increase public awareness.

South Australia

  • The Code of Practice for the Care and Management of Animals in the Pet Trade has been reviewed and included a public consultation phase. We are currently awaiting the final draft of the Code to be released by the South Australian government.

New South Wales

  • RSPCA NSW advise that while NSW have the Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Breeding Dogs and Cats and the Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Animals in Pet Shops which contain enforceable standards, the difficulty is that with no central register of breeders, the RSPCA may not know where some of these breeding facilities are and therefore we may not be sure that the animals are being kept in accordance with the Breeding Dog and Cat Standards.
  • One way of addressing this problem would be the establishment of a central register of breeders and the necessity for a breeder prefix and microchip number to be included in any advertisement and provided at any sale or transfer of an animal.

Australian Capital Territory

  • No regulatory changes have occurred as yet, however, there has been some positive movement. A Discussion paper “The Breeding and Sale of Companion Animals in the ACT” was released in September 2010. The purpose of this community discussion paper was to gauge the level of community concern and to facilitate the communities’ views in planning the ACT ‘s first enforceable COP under the Animal Welfare Act 1992. Recent changes to the ACT Animal Welfare Act 1992 allow the inclusion of mandatory enforceable components with approved codes of practices related to animal welfare. We are currently awaiting release by the ACT government.


  • The QLD government proposed a Breeder ID system in 2010 which is still under development.

The scheme will include:

–        assigning each breeder their own ID

–        compulsory microchipping of breeding bitches

–        requiring breeder ID numbers to be displayed at points of sale or in advertising

–        requiring that the ID of the breeding bitch is included as part of the microchip information on all her puppies

–        development of Dog Breeder Standards under the  Animal Care and Protection Act 2001
The Gold Coast Breeder Permit System was also introduced as a pilot study and is ongoing (for more information please contact the AWL of QLD).

 Northern Territory

  • No significant changes apart from the fact that a greater number of councils have made microchipping mandatory for dogs over 6 months of age.
  • There is no Domestic Animals Act in the NT, there are local by-laws.

Western Australia

  • No significant changes.

Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC)

  • As mentioned previously, the ANKC has moved to make microchipping compulsory for all registered pedigree dogs across Australia. Microchipping must now be done before registration of a puppy.  This will be enforced in all states and territories from 1st January 2012. This is a great step forward to enable positive identification of pedigree dogs and to help drive regulatory change towards compulsory microchipping for all puppies by their breeders.

While these positive steps are encouraging, much more action is needed to end puppy farming in Australia. We would greatly appreciate your organisation’s advocacy to all State and Territory Governments in relation to the principles in the Way Forward document. In particular, calling for compulsory microchipping by the breeder prior to sale or transfer and a breeder ID system for those states yet to introduce these critical requirements.

Urgent action is also needed to address inadequate export requirements and the national co-ordination of state efforts to allow for breeder traceability across state/territory borders.

There is no doubt that current regulations and their enforcement need to be strengthened across Australia. However, a holistic approach is needed to successfully bring an end to puppy farming incorporating both regulatory reform and public awareness and education initiatives. The RSPCA continues to distribute the RSPCA Smart Puppy Buyer’s Guide to help raise community awareness and enable prospective puppy buyers to screen breeders effectively to find a responsible breeder (for any type/breed of dog).

The RSPCA will continue to communicate the key principles in the The Way Forward document to key stakeholders including industry, breeders, governments and policymakers at every available opportunity. In addition, the Close Puppy Factories campaign continues with strong and growing support from the community.

We hope that these initiatives will encourage you and your organisations to continue campaigning to bring an end to puppy farming in Australia.”

DRP Comment:

The RSPCA Australia, initiated we understand by RSPCA Victoria, are to be congratulated for their efforts and progress on this campaign. But more remains to be done.

The AAPDB, a well known group promoting puppy farming and sales of animals to pet shops had this to say:

On behalf of the AAPDB I would like to express concern regarding one aspect of the Victorian response: I am concerned about the “PROVE IT” stickers which the Victorian RSPCA is encouraging people to apply to pet store windows. Indeed I am surprised that encouraging such action is legal.

“There are many sound business reasons why a pet store proprietor would want to keep the name of his suppliers private and there are, in the current atmosphere, many good reasons why good, responsible breeders supplying stores would want their privacy respected. “

Many sound reasons? Really

In reply to the above comment by AAPDB, we were told by a person intimate with the Puppy Farm campiagn :

“Rutland Manor a well known puppy factory in Victoria promotes and carries out back to back breeding ( a clear violation to the mandatory code of practice), sends their dogs to NSW to be debarked and breeds their dogs until they cannot breed anymore.

Billabong Creek puppy factory kills their dogs when they are finished with them, one dog rescued from this factory had to have both eyes removed due to a painful condition , glaucoma. Billabong failed to provide vet treatment for this dog and continued to breed from her.

Murray River Puppy farm has a similar history, breeding their 200 dogs until they simply cannot breed any longer.

 All of the above are members of the AAPDB.”

32 thoughts on “Update on RSPCA Stop Puppy Farm Campaign

  1. Richard August 21, 2011 / 9:09 pm

    Could we see the link for this quote from AAPDB please?
    They seem to be fearful. Why are they fearful?

  2. Sue Wooly August 21, 2011 / 11:10 pm

    Dissapinted that SA has not done as much as the other states. Adelaidians are requesting prove it stickers from interstate and most RSPCA officers over here have not even heard of Oscar’s Law :( SAD

  3. Kate Schoeffel August 24, 2011 / 10:57 am

    “Murray River Puppies” are a full member of the AAPDB and have been publically defamed. It is our reponsibility to defend our members in this situation. Murray River Puppies have a lifelong program to prepare dogs for eventual retirement at the end of their breeding life, they retire their dogs at an age young enough to enjoy an active healthy life as a family pet and they have a desexing program for all retiring dogs. This has been attested to by a qualified veterinarian who made favourable comments about the progress made by Murray River Puppies based on their discussions with veterinarians and shire representatives.

    In an unsolicited email to me after the Canberra meeting I was told by Paul Archer on behalf of himself and Debra Tranter of ALV that:
    “we are totally opposed to what you are trying to do. No matter what definition the RSPCA comes out with, you and your “members” are and always will be puppy farmers whilst you seek to breed large numbers of puppies for the pet market”.
    Hoever in the same email, I was assured that
    “We are in agreement on the need to stop the bad – welfare puppy farms via the mechanisms discussed at the conference. That should usefully form the basis of any relationship we have via the group established by the RSPCA.”
    In the light of this email the AAPDB has a policy of not engaging with these extremists. We will be investigating legal action to have the defamatory comments removed from this web site.

  4. Deathrowpets August 24, 2011 / 2:05 pm

    Here is the question. Why do all the defensive people in the pet industry who are fighting to preserve their businesses always revert to the argument that concerned animal welfare groups who expose the truth about what is going on feel the need to shout:

    “they are extremists who want to abolish the pet industry, or animal breeding”?

    And how easily do they “investigate legal action” and such threats! (we will be commenting on this aspect in a future report – watch this space)

    And let’s work out who exactly are the “extremists”?? ……..

    ……are they the very large and increasing numbers of concerned members of the community, rescue groups, shelter volunteers , advocacy groups across the country who only want one thing: an end to the killing.

    Or are the extremists really the minority who want to preserve the right to pump hundreds of more animals into the supply chain?

    Let’s understand who really are the extremists in all this.

    Thank you KS, or Industry Observer or John, or whatever you want to call yourself today, for commenting

  5. Janet August 24, 2011 / 2:43 pm

    I must be an extremist then because I run a small rescue and I my number 1 goal is to see an end to all puppy farming. I no longer want to have to look into all the sad faces of these dogs (and cats) knowing that I can’t save them all and they will die in a cold and lonely pound because there was no home for them to go to because puppy farmers keep churning out more and more dogs, specifically for profit, with no concern for their welfare, or the fact that too many dogs are being born into a market that can’t sustain them.

  6. Debra Tranter August 24, 2011 / 3:14 pm

    Kate please get your information right, I am the founder of Oscar’s Law and that’s who I represent.
    Why dont you just admit that the AAPDB is a ‘puppy factory association’ run by puppy farmers. Why are you so scared to admit the truth?
    People should know that the AAPDB have no powers of enforcement under any legislation what so ever, so what ever they say about how good their puppy factories are, is simply their opinion, and there’s no such thing as a ‘good puppy factory’ they are horrendous and need to be abolished.

  7. Deathrowpets August 24, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    We have discovered this line on Ms Schoefell’s website:

    “I sell family pets. While I can sympathise with people who want their children to experience the very real joy of breeding a litter of puppies, I have the unpleasant duty, in my town, of putting down the Council strays. I do not want to contribute to the huge number of unplanned and unwanted puppies which end up being disposed of in Council Pounds and animal shelters.”

    She doesn’t want to contribute to the huge numbers of unplanned and unwanted puppies which end up being disposed of……yet is happy to promote and encourage large scale commercial breeding. ……..Work and earn as a vet at various points in the supply chain, including killing council strays, and breeding many more at the front end…….???

  8. Debra Tranter August 24, 2011 / 6:59 pm

    Says it all really doesnt it! The fact that Kate can kill them and then go home and breed more……….

  9. Lisa J Ryan August 24, 2011 / 9:01 pm

    I understand the logic and responsibility of any member organisation needing to promote the interests of its members and especially when they are paid to do so as AAPDB are paid to do. However no member body should “defend” anything without investigating first. As a body trying to promote what AAPDB are supposed to be promoting, I wonder where the animals get a guernsey or the public ? Ron Wells of the Ballarat PF was a qualified Vet too – a title means nothing unless you can prove you do as you say. Lots of vets make lots of money servicing all sorts of unethical breeders and lots of vets get paid killing healthy pound animals too while patching up those being “prepared” for the pet shops. I am sure AAPDB’s members will be thrilled to know their membership money will now go towards legal advice which comes back to open and honest and transparent transactions between pet purchasers and pet suppliers. AAPDB do not want to engage with “extremists” yet will engage with known puppy farmers – very strange indeed.

  10. Richard August 24, 2011 / 9:40 pm


    I am researching how decisions are made in animal welfare, and I’m hoping you can help.

    Reading these blogs (and there are plenty) it seems to me that there are quite a diverse array of strongly held views. So I hope I don’t get shot down for asking some “dumb” questions. I’m really just trying to understand the issues.

    Is all breeding for commercial purposes bad? Is it possible to do it well?

    Where should puppy buyers go to buy a puppy if pet shops don’t sell puppies?

    Does Deathrowpets / Oscars Law / ALV want to abolish the pet industry? Or the pet breeding industry?

    What is the link between breeding puppies and surrendered dogs in shelters?

    It seems that everyone has an example of someone who was a rotten apple – be that a vet or a breeder or a campaigner or whatever – but surely the entire barrel isn’t rotten?

    Is the answer to just stop people from buying puppies altogether until the whole thing is cleared up?

  11. tdierikx August 26, 2011 / 3:26 pm

    Unfortunately we live in a “throwaway” society – and that includes the attitudes of many towards their pets… just chuck out the “old” and get a “new” one…

    … and that is actually what we should be rising up against. The throwaway attitude…

    The thought that animals/pets are “disposable” to many disgusts me just as much as it does the rest of you – but banning all breeding of companion animals (or even restricting who can and can’t breed) may not actually resolve the bigger issue here.

    Sure – pictures of suffering dogs and cats in less than ideal breeding situations can be very powerful – but somehow the overall message isn’t exactly filtering through to the general consciousness of the public is it?

    Until we change the “lets get a new one” attitude of Joe Public, there will always be a market for “farmed” or “mass produced” pets, no?

  12. Richard August 30, 2011 / 8:45 pm


    What you say is an interesting thought. Have you got some information that shows that the main cause of pets on death row is the “throwaway” society?

  13. tdierikx August 31, 2011 / 11:38 am

    Just actual experience gained from visiting large Sydney pounds as part of my rescue “duties” Richard. The number of surrendered animals and unclaimed animals – and the reasons their owners have given for leaving them there – tends to indicate an attitude that an animal is “replaceable”…

    That said, I haven’t seen any tangible evidence that a large number of animals in said pounds have been sourced from pet shops either. The lack of chips in a large number of impounded animals seems to indicate other sources like BYB’s being more likely.

  14. MBA September 10, 2011 / 6:39 pm

    Richard, here is a link to “Pet Rescue” which lists many dogs that have been dumped or simply need a new home. Oscars Law/Animal Liberation have blamed “designer” breeds for the amount of dogs being put down. Oscars Law/Animal Laberation accuses Commercial Breeders of breeding these types of dogs. The most popular designer breeds are the Cavoodle (Cavalier x Poodle) Spoodle (Cocker Spaniel x Poodle) and Labradoodle (Labrador x Poodle). Please visit the above website and count how many of these popular designer breeds are in shelters. The truth is most of the breeds in shelters come from accidental litters and many are Staffy crosses, Working Breed Crosses, Greyhounds and Pig Hunting Breeds.

    Commercial Breeders breed dogs as a business so it only makes sense that the breeds they produce have a demand as opposed to breeds that don’t.

    Many breeders are confused as to what Oscars Law is for or against when it comes to breeding dogs and they seem to be very shy about being clear about their intentions in regards to breeding dogs so you may have a hard time getting Debra Tranter to give you a clear answer and any evidence or data to backup many of her claims.

    Best of luck with your research and if you have any more questions please feel free to ask on this forum.

  15. tdierikx September 19, 2011 / 1:14 pm

    MBA – actually, there are a heck of a lot of small fluffy type dogs in the pounds I visit – Maltese or Shih Tzu crosses mainly… JRT’s factor in large numbers as well. I think I’ve ever only seen ONE “Labradoodle” in a pound – and have yet to see anything that I could definitely attribute as having come from a “designer breeder”/pet shop.

  16. Debbie October 5, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    How disappointing as a South Australian, what is our government doing? We need action….yesterday!

  17. HELEN CHADWICK October 5, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    I am old enough to remember things before the internet & puppy farms. If you wanted a puppy when I was a girl (40 years ago) You did one of two things. If you wanted a pedigree you contacted your Breeder organisation the in state you lived in & that gave you a list of breeders, You called then up & were put on a list. They called you when they had a puppy available & you went there to choose one. They asked questions about suitability as a pet owner. Most then desexed their puppies for pets, so you picked up the puppy later, when desexed (16 weeks normally) If you wanted a “mongrel” you asked around. Lots of families didn’t desex their dogs as it was expensive, so they kept girl dogs in when on heat, or would decide to breed a litter from their dog as people had asked. Thats how things worked them. I agree that one of the biggest drivers of this issue is the “I want it now” society” & that people don’t want to wait to get a puppy. Thats why dogs bought from petshops are a problem as they are often impulse buys. As rescue supporter, (& adopter) it’s not good enough that 250,000 cats & dogs are euthanised year in Australia. It pet shops were not able to sell dogs & cats , they could (& do) form partnerships with rescues/shelters to promote theses animals & the organisation has control of the ‘adoption process’ yet the link is made to the petshop for supplies ect . Petstop don’t sell pets, yet seen to be doing well. As for the issue of “puppy farms” I don’t think that the supply of puppies should be done on a commercial basis. Companion pets re not livestock. If we don’t include the issue of livestock in this discussion, I’m sure most will agree that cats & dogs are NOT the same as livestock (which we mostly breed to eat) . We domesticated cats & dogs thousands of years ago to share our lives & homes, & I don’t see why the need to farm dogs commercially. Until we are no longer euthanising 250,00 cats & dogs per year, why breed more. The conditions these dogs are kept in is also shameful. I don’t believe that its possible to “farm’ dogs in any other manner that is not harmful to dogs general well-being.Thats my thoughts on some questions you raised.

  18. James October 21, 2011 / 12:03 am

    Just to clarify the issue that Billabong Creek Farm kills their dogs when they are finished with them is a complete and total untruth. Dogs and bitches are rehomed ( desexed first) and given away, free to good homes. The breeding female with the eye problems was not bred with for 2 years and her eye problem was genetic, not from lack of care. She was to be put down as there is no cure for her condition, but a lovely lady from a local “rehoming service” offered to take her and find her a home even though her prognosis was poor. Debra Tranter has never “rescued” any dogs from Billabong Creek Farm as she is not a rescue or rehoming Organisation so her claim that she rescued dogs from this property is also untrue along with all her other allegations in relation to the management of dogs on this property. She has never visited this property so has no substance to allege any form of mistreatment unless she has been there in the dead of night trespassing yet again onto peoples personal property. Many dogs have gone through a rehoming service from this property and have been in great health and found good homes and this fact never comes to light from the activist who feeds information to the media and others who are seemingly willing to accept every detail she puts forth. Being a member of an association that promotes good values in cross breeing dogs is not illegal and those members should not be held up for criticisim over this as there are many purebreed breeders still breeding terrible faults into their dogs and nothing is done to stop this as their associations turn a blind eye to it and dont want the public to become aware of the magnitude of it. Debra Tranter has publicly stated she does not want any Codes of Practice at all and insists that illegal breeding would be easy to locate if it were all done underground. What sensible person would state this publicly on radio.? She wants to put breeding of dogs right back to the dark ages and any welfare of these animals out the window. The owners of Billabong Creek Farm are forward thinking people and welcome any new reforms to the current Code of Practice that helps stamp out illegal breeding of dogs in backyards, back blocks and kept in substandard conditions.

  19. Harley Fuzzard December 12, 2011 / 1:36 pm

    The lead-up to Christmas is a critical time for puppy farmers who rely on impulse purchasing at pet shops in order to profit. We can stop the puppy trade by not buying puppies from pet shops and showing others why they should do the same.

    So please click onto this link, we need the hits! and please watch the video!


  20. Tal January 3, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    I am worried now, was really considering purchasing a puppy from Murray River Puppies, but not if they are a puppy farm!

    Has anyone heard of Rivergum Designer Puppies? Are they the same?

  21. Emma January 12, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    Hi Tal!

    Please check out the following website before you decide to buy a puppy from a breeder – http://www.oscarslaw.org

    Most people (and I say ‘most’ so as not to offend any legitimate breeders who may read this) who breed ‘designer’ dogs are puppy farmers & their dogs are kept & bred in horrific conditions.

    Please consider a rescue dog – even if you’re after a puppy, there are plenty available of every breed & even ‘designer’ breeds.
    You can start your search at http://www.petrescue.com.au

    Hope this helps your decision and your search for you new furry family member :-)


  22. louise donovan January 17, 2012 / 3:18 pm

    I am trying to buy a puppy without much luck so far. I do not want to support puppy farming and as much as I would love to rescue an old dog, at this stage of my life a puppy is more appropriate. I have young children and want them to experience having a dog like I did. I grew with many dogs of different breeds, and my experience tells me that for young children, a puppy is best, and to avoid certain breeds. I have set up an alert for a resue dog but so far the puppies are too old or the breed is wrong for our family. I recently spent a lot of time on Google and thought I had found a great breeder option for us, only to do some more research and find them mentioned as being a puppy farm on this website. The RSPCA states that in order to avoid puppy farms you should go and see the dog, meet the parents, see the facilities. The breeder I found seems willing for this to occur so are they or are they not a puppy farm? Is their any other way to tell? shouldn’t their be some type of breeder register that is trustworthy?
    I support Oscar’s Law and think they have done a great job in bringing this issue to light in the community. I also believe that more should be done to assist people who want a puppy (find one from a reputable source). Rescue dogs don’t suit everyone. I remember the 90’s when environmentalists used to tell people not to drive, which of course was ineffective in reducing climate change. They should have been encouraging the purchase of green vehicles. In the same way I believe the anti-puppy farming movement need to show people how to get the dog they want as a puppy, not telling them it is wrong to get what they want and to get a rescue dog. I worry that if they don’t do this a lot of people will just get the puppy they want, which will sustain puppy farming. I would love any advice you have. Is it really impossible to find a reputable breeder? I mean no offence by my comments, so please don’t take any!

  23. AG August 12, 2012 / 11:21 am

    I have bought a puppy from Murray River and I have to say she is a beautiful dog, she came to us well adjusted, normal and extremely healthy. They were more than happy for us to visit the “farm” at our convenience and in fact welcome us to bring Lucy back at any time we are coming through in our caravan. I found them to be very professional especially in the area of pre-arrival advice in looking after a new puppy. I’d recommend them.

    My last dog came from a so called “mill”, we did not know at the time but got a lovely dog who lasted 14 years. I would never encourage unethical breeding and believe animal cruelty is one of the lowest acts and one would say that buying from that breeder back then was doing just that but as we had no idea I have to figure that he got a great life which he might not have had if he had stayed where he was.

    The way I see things, some people breed dogs as a living – should they be called farms ? Probably because in effect they are, but does that make them unethical or wrong? No not in a word, what does make it wrong is cruelty of any kind and lets face it, that can happen at a farm or in someones backyard. I’d rather have a professional breeder that knows what they are doing producing healthy puppies not breeding indiscriminately and without any cruelty to any of the animals.

  24. Emma September 21, 2012 / 12:43 am

    I also have a dog from Murray River, and he is perfect. Great temperament, calm, fun, easy going, perfectly healthy, he is just the best, I could not have wished for a better dog. They have been great with help and information, even advising me to wait until he is at least one year old before getting another, which shows they care more about the dogs than the money.

    The sad thing is that these great breeders are constantly targeted and harassed by Oscars Law activists who refuse to recognise that they are doing the right thing by their dogs, and who won’t be happy until they see them shut down. They can’t win, nothing they do will be good enough for these people. And the problem with that is that people who do not want a pure breed or a rescue need to get their dog from somewhere, and good breeders should be allowed to breed without getting tarred with the same brush as abusive and neglectful breeders.

    What are responsible breeders supposed to do? I would love to know the answers to Richard’s questions above, because I want to support Oscars Law, but I just don’t understand where they stand and nothing of theirs that I have read makes this clear.

  25. P.Box January 7, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    We purchased a Schnoodle puppy from Billabong Creek Farm. Our pup is healthy, intellegient & extremely well bred & a shear delight. We cannot thank Liz & Larry Seear enough for all the hard work they have put in over the last 15 years into their breeding program. Liz & Larry were more than accommodating in many respects & it was very evident that they are passionate, caring & very respectful people. We were encouraged to look around their property & we met the parents of our pup. We were extremely grateful that we could visit our pup a few times before we bought her home. All the dogs that we saw were happy & healthy. Liz & Larry are a great couple & we look forward to them visiting us & our wonderful pup.

  26. eA April 22, 2013 / 7:28 am

    By what twisted mind flip can Billabong Creek, Murray River or Rivergum cross breeder properties fit into the RSPCA description of a puppy farm???!! – from URL http://www.rspcavic.org/issues-take-action/puppy-factories/ – specifically:

    “Things that you should be aware of to avoid buying from puppy factories are::Puppy factories will not provide an address, or they will suggest to meet in a public area like a park;They will not allow you to visit and view the puppies at the breeding facility; These operators won’t let the buyers view the parents and often give excuses; They often require prior payment or a substantial deposit before viewing the animal.”

    Debra Tranter and Deathrowpets, stop targetting the business names of the people taking good care to provide healthy long lived adored pets,and get on with your job of stopping unwise unsupervised breeding and speculative pet shop supply. A simple google search easily finds suspicious businesses. And if you are going to use the RSPCA’s name in to justify your actions then get your facts straight,

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  30. Anmarie January 7, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Is Rivergum Designer Dogs a puppy farm

  31. Georgia January 19, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    I bought my puppy at Rivergum and I was really happy with them, I am even considering getting another puppy through them. They were more than happy for me to go to the property and view the parents etc. And I wouldn’t call them a “puppy farm”…

  32. anne-marie Swan September 23, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    I see these comments backing ‘Murray River Puppies’ as wonderful dogs with great temperaments as counterproductive. What about the dogs there that are breeders, what happens to them when they retire? Of course the puppies are well adjusted; they are reared whisked off and reared in loving homes.

    When you pickup your puppy from Murray River Puppies, you don’t see what happens among the breeding process. A breeder is left in a pen with little human contact. They then de-sex them and say they are able to re-home them, but I’ve heard an entirely different story about the retired dogs who have been adopted out. They have not had much human contact,and don’t behave like dogs; having been purely money making machines.

    The people backing MRP are doing so out of their own conscience to ease their guilt over purchasing a puppy from a ‘glorified puppy farm’ where the parents were denied the right to live a normal dog life of runs on the beach, retrieving games etc.

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