The RSPCA is in urgent need of animal carers after a raid on a breeding property, south of Adelaide.
More than 100 animals, mostly dogs, were taken from a property that animal welfare campaigners described as having filthy conditions.
RSPCA chief executive Tim Vasudeva said the animals from the property near Strathalbyn were being kept at the Lonsdale shelter.
“A significant number of pregnant dogs and also mums with young puppies so we’re just focused on getting them cared for and out into foster care at this point of time, so we’re looking for members of the community that might be able to help us do that,” he said.
Mr Vasudeva said an investigation was continuing but he could confirm the breeder had been supplying pet shops.
“The lady in question has been quite co-operative … I’m a little bit concerned about her wellbeing as well, she’s quite old and is a bit fragile I think,” he said.
“Given the breeds in question, you are probably talking about $1,000 per pup.”
He said tougher regulations were needed to help ensure such properties did not flourish.
“We don’t know where these people are and there is no requirement for council, government or ourselves to be told where breeders are based so we can make a determination of whether the animals are being cared for ethically,” he said.
“It’s fine to have the animal welfare act, [but] if I don’t know who’s breaching it because I don’t know where these people are in some circumstances you might as well not have it.”
Anyone keen to care for the animals is asked to contact the RSPCA via its website or Facebook page.
Debra Tranter from the animal welfare group Oscar’s Law said “puppy factories” should be banned and breeder registration tightened.
“They (dogs) were kept in small wire runs, some of them were inside a shed that had no daylight whatsoever, they were living in layers and layers of their own faeces and urine and puppies were being born into these filthy cages, so it was just incredibly sad, incredibly cruel, filthy conditions,” she said.
No charges have been laid since the raid.
A State Parliamentary committee was formed last November to investigate so-called puppy farms.
It is due to report back to Parliament in the next fortnight and MP Susan Close says it will be recommending compulsory registration of breeders and regulations covering the treatment of animals.
“That means you’re saying they have to have this amount of water, this amount of exercise, they can’t have puppies more frequently than a certain number of times,” she said.