10:29AM, Wednesday 07 October 2015
A six-year-old lurcher who was left on the streets after her puppies had been prematurely snatched from her has been rescued by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Shandy is now in the care of staff at Battersea’s Old Windsor site after being left by breeders who took her puppies away for profit.
She had enlarged mammary glands and was still producing milk when she was found in Molesey in Kent and brought to Old Windsor.
Shandy was underweight and staff believe she had been used to produce litter after litter for profit before being dumped.
Sean Welland, rehoming and welfare manager at Battersea’s Old Windsor site, said: “It’s heartbreaking when we see dogs like Shandy, who’ve obviously been through so much, coming into the home.
“Shandy was so underweight and it was clear she’d just had puppies taken away from her. She still had scratches from the pups where they’d been feeding from her.
“We see damaged dogs like Shandy that have been bred from over and over again come through our doors all the time – dumped on the streets once they’ve served their purpose and made some fast cash.”
Battersea is campaigning against backstreet breeding, and is calling for a ban on the sale of puppies under eight weeks old and the introduction of a required breeding licence for any household producing two or more litters per year.
It says dogs like Shandy are being forced to live ‘miserable lives’ in poor conditions, and a recent report by the charity identified ‘gaping holes’ in the enforcement of breeding legislation.
Shandy will now be cared for by the home until she can find a forever home.
Visit endbackstreetbreeding.org.uk for more information on the campaign.
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