16 Sep '11, 3am

In spite of the AVA's initiatives, problems still hound the dog-breeding industry, says @SPCA_SG.

WHILE the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) applauds the extensive coverage given to the subject of pet farms and animal welfare, things are not as rosy as the Saturday Special feature implies ('It's a better dog's life now...'; Aug 27). There is no mention of breeders like sub-tenants who rent kennels from some of the larger farms. Many readers will remember the 75 dogs languishing in appalling conditions which were then put up for sale when the owner could no longer run the farm. Although the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) asserted that its officers had inspected the farm just days before, the 75 dogs were found to be suffering from anaemia, tick fever, heartworm infection and severe skin conditions. Many were emaciated when they were rescued. In spite of the AVA's initiatives like pet shop grading, mandatory compliance for housing, manage...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_713370...

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