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Open your eyes – puppy farms and backyard breeders are a reality in South Africa

Dog breeding is big business in South Africa, and these days people see a dog and they see money. Big money.

Forced to live in appalling conditions, sleeping in rat infested cages in their own feces, and used as breeding machines. This is the reality of millions of animals around the world – and now also in South Africa! Don’t think for one moment we’re immune to puppy mills, backyard breeders, dog fighting and smugglers. These illegal operations are being run right in front of our eyes, and the cute puppy you see for sale on a website could very easily be part of a much bigger problem.

As far back as 2013 puppies found crammed into milk crates on the back of a truck, on route to Angola from South Africa, alerted authorities. These scared, thirsty and hungry pups would have been doomed to a life of breeding pens and fighting pits. That same year it was reported that over 100,000 dogs had crossed the border illegally. An anonymous tip-off led to the arrest of a syndicate in connection with organized dog fighting – a horrendous practice that has been popping up not only in neighboring countries bordering with South Africa, but also in the Cape Flats and Pretoria regions.

A Governmental investigation has also been launched into the alleged breeding and shipping of Boerboel dogs from South Africa to America for dog fighting. Sick, traumatized and without the required paperwork. These are dogs from a well-known local breeder!

The breeding of dogs is  becoming an increasingly dark and dangerous world, and Highveld Ridge SPCA’s bust of 76 Schnauzers used for breeding from Roodewal Kennels in Ermelo placed the focus firmly on the seriousness of this problem.

The sad reality is that every year, thousands of puppies are bred in puppy mills across South Africa and sold online or through pet stores, while at the same time thousands of dogs continue to stream into shelters with little hope of being re-homed.

And it’s not only dogs who are suffering. Exotic animals are also being smuggled out of South Africa and other African countries as part of the growing online trade in animals.

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