SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Around 100 dogs have been confiscated from a breeder in Deventer after they were found in a severely neglected state.
The dogs, ranging from Rhodesian ridgebacks to Jack Russell terriers had untreated wounds, hip problems and matted coats and some were found to be suffering from parasites.
They were living in filthy conditions. The dogs also showed serious signs of stress and were afraid of humans. While efforts will be made to resocialise the dogs and find them new homes, in a worst-case scenario, a dog may have such severe problems that it may have to be put down, animal protection group Dierenbescherming said.
The raid followed a visit to the breeder by animal protection inspectors on February 22. That in itself was a follow-up inspection to one carried out last July when the owner was ordered to take steps to improve conditions.
The inspectors will go to court next week to request the owner be banned from breeding or owning dogs for life. (DutchNews)