Dogs with broken jaws and skin conditions seen in video by animal welfare group
Broken jaws, heart murmurs and skin conditions. These are just three of the many afflictions that nine dogs were diagnosed with after animal welfare group SOSD Singapore went to their rescue in 2016.
According to the group, the dogs were living in inhumane conditions under a former breeder - which has since folded.
SOSD posted a video on its Facebook page on Jan 1, highlighting the various medical conditions the dogs have. As of publication, the video has been viewed over 70,000 times.
Dr Siew Tuck Wah, President of SOSD told AsiaOne that these breeders usually hand the dogs to animal welfare organisations on the condition that their identities are not exposed.
"Once we get these breeders and anonymous sources into trouble, they may not want to contact us again. And our priority is the dog's health and safety," said Dr Siew.
"These middlemen will say, 'If you want to get us into trouble, we don't want to give you any more dogs.' We are held hostage.
"If we reveal their identities, (these middlemen or breeders) rather take the dogs back. They don't want to be known."
It is a quagmire for animal welfare organisations, Dr Siew lamented, who added that there is more the government can do to protect breeding dogs.
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The dogs in the video are mainly of French bulldog and poodle breeds.
Reactions to the video online were harsh. Many netizens were outraged and they condemned the breeders for their actions.
SOSD is currently helping to rehabilitate these dogs, but preliminary medical costs have already surpassed $2,000. The group has since reached out to the public to make a donation on their site.
The group has also responded to netizens on their post, explaining that the investigations are ongoing.
"AVA has contacted us, but again, because of the lack of information, investigations may be difficult," Dr Siew said.
Animal welfare groups strongly advocate adopting from shelters instead of buying from breeders to contain the growing number of strays in the country.
Puppy mills are driven by profit and sometimes little regard is given for the dogs' welfare.
The issue of pet overpopulation and abandonment is not a new one.
According to The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), commercial breeding has resulted in a proliferation of pet shops and farms.
This encourages consumerism which may lead to abandonment when the novelty wears off.
"We hope that the case can highlight the plight of breeding dogs - for every puppy you see in the window there is a breeding dog which is suffering in the puppy mill trade," said Dr Siew.