A well-enforced welfare system for animals long overdue

Puppy farming – and animal welfare generally – are still among Ireland’s saddest secrets

Dachshund pups in small enclosures at an illegal puppy farm in the midlands. Many mistakenly believe the key issue with animal welfare is inadequate legislation. Photograph: Fergal Shanahan

Dachshund pups in small enclosures at an illegal puppy farm in the midlands. Many mistakenly believe the key issue with animal welfare is inadequate legislation. Photograph: Fergal Shanahan

In 2004, I was working on a story about one of Ireland’s saddest secrets: its large-scale puppy farm industry which supplied poorly-bred, poorly-socialised puppies to unwitting buyers.

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