Wellington Shire Council rescued 39 designer breed dogs and puppies from a rural property last week, after a tip-off from the public.
The dogs and puppies were living in filthy, cramped conditions and were seized by Local Laws Officers who are authorised under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.
Once the dogs were at the Council’s pound and animal shelter, they received veterinary treatment and continue to be monitored.
Most of the adult dogs are in pup and are expected to give birth soon.
A person of interest has been identified and is assisting Council with their enquiries.
Investigations into suspected illegal breeding operations will continue throughout the shire.
Wellington Shire General Manager Development John Websdale said Council was working to shut down illegal dog breeding facilities.
“This seizure was not from a registered breeding facility, of which we have 12 in Wellington Shire who do the right thing,” he said. “For those who are wanting to purchase a puppy or dog for their family, please only do so through a registered breeder.
“These registered breeders meet the legislative requirements and ensure their dogs are kept in happy and healthy conditions.
“It is also important for those responsible pet owners who register their animals with Council to know, that part of your registration fees goes towards Council conducting these investigations.
“It is important to us that all animals in Wellington Shire are kept ethically and treated with respect.”
If anyone has any information on illegal breeding activities, please contact the Council on 1300 366 244.