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‘Inhumane and abhorrent’: activist slams troubled puppy farm

Posted by on 16/03/2019

Puppies living in squalor at Frazer “puppy farm.” October 19, 2014. Photo: Debra Tranter A puppy waits behind bars at Frazer “puppy farm,” October 19, 2014 Photo: Debra Tranter
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A deceased pregnant dog lies unattended in its cell on October 19, 2014 Photo: Debra Tranter

Puppies living in squalor at Frazer “puppy farm.” October 19, 2014. Photo: Debra Tranter

Puppies living in squalor at Frazer “puppy farm.” October 19, 2014. Photo: Debra Tranter

Puppies living in squalor at Frazer “puppy farm.” October 19, 2014. Photo: Debra Tranter


A dog breeder has been allowed to continue running a puppy farm despite evidence that appears to show dire conditions inside the breeding centre in north-western NSW.

More than 100 dogs were left at the puppy farm near Armidale on Friday after RSPCA inspectors visited the rural property. The decision has outraged animal activists.

Debra Tranter, the founder of animal rights group Oscar’s Law, which provided the evidence to the RSPCA and Fairfax Media, described the conditions as “inhumane and abhorrent”.

RSPCA chief inspector David O’Shannessy said while the owner had not complied with the code of practice – which sets the minimum standards for breeding facilities – there were no breaches under animal cruelty laws.

“There are no immediate concerns for their welfare,” he said.

Mr O’Shannessy said the investigation was ongoing.

Fairfax Media understands that the NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has requested a copy of the RSPCA’s findings.

Ms Tranter said her videos show a visit to the property in August when she found a group of puppies huddled in a bread crate with no bedding in temperatures of one degree Celsius. She said another video of a visit in October shows a dead dog found on the property.

The owner of the puppy farm has been known to authorities for  more than a year. In December the RSPCA raided the property and prosecuted the breeder, Jennifer Frazer.

Ms Frazer was charged with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty and four charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment. She was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond, fined $11,500 and agreed to surrender 27 dogs.

Repeated attempts to contact Ms Frazer for this story were unsuccessful.

The vet report used in the RSPCA’s case against Ms Frazer last year, obtained by Fairfax Media, documented the condition of a number of animals who had to be put down.

The vet who attended the site reported a “barely conscious” female terrier being attacked and dragged around by a pack of dogs. “She had an abdominal wound from which her intestines had eviscerated. She had multiple puncture wounds over her body and bruising around her eyes. Her jaw was clamped shut and she had a trickle of fresh blood from her nose.”

Oscar’s Law had raised concerns with authorities since February.

Ms Tranter complained again last week after the group’s investigation found more than 100 dogs living in “atrocious conditions at the property.”

She said at least a further 10 dogs required immediate veterinary care.

“I don’t know what these dogs have to go through to get help. It makes me sick,” she said.

“No dogs should be left on that property. They’re still dying, they’re still in pain, they’re still [living] in inadequate conditions that don’t comply with the code of practice,” she said.

“The RSPCA had enough evidence for a full seizure and closure of that property but they chose to walk away and leave the dogs.”

A spokeswoman for the department of primary industries said that the RSPCA is the highest authority in the state when it comes to investigating accusations of animal cruelty.

“It is the RSPCA’s reason for existing. They are compelled to act upon complaints,” she said.  “If there is a complaint against the RSPCA, the next step is the minister.”

Ian Hughes, an inspector for the Animal Welfare League, called on the NSW government to create legislation that would require regular inspection and a licensing system.

“At the moment you can buy yourself 100 dogs and get yourself going as a dog breeder tomorrow,” he said.

Ms Hodgkinson said the NSW government had an in principle support for a breeder licensing scheme.

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