Animal cruelty fears for 300 dogs trigger raids at rural NSW puppy farms
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Animal cruelty fears for 300 dogs trigger raids at rural NSW puppy farms

The RSPCA and police have raided a pair of puppy farms near Inverell and Wagga Wagga over fears for the welfare of about 300 dogs.

Animal cruelty concerns triggered the major raids on Wednesday on the puppy breeding business that has previously been investigated by authorities for its activities.

Authorities have raided two puppy farms in regional NSW. 

Authorities have raided two puppy farms in regional NSW. 

Animal activists said the dogs on the farms faced a "life of suffering", forced to breed constantly to keep up with demand, and should be rescued.

The RSPCA said the search warrants had been carried out following allegations of animal cruelty and breaches of NSW dog breeding rules.

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"As this case is under active investigation, we are unable to provide further information at this time," a RSPCA spokeswoman said.

Georgie Purcell, president of activist group Oscar's Law, said it was a relief that the farm had been raided

Authorities have raided two puppy farms in regional NSW. 

Authorities have raided two puppy farms in regional NSW. 

"I hope that charges are laid to the fullest extent of the law, and importantly, that dogs are seized," she said.

"The breeding dogs condemned to a life of suffering inside this puppy factory live their entire lives in barren concrete cells, surrounded by their own excrement, and are constantly impregnated to fuel the demand for puppies."

According to photos of the puppy farming operation seen by the Herald, a range of dog breeds have been raised on the property.

Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst said there was a reported case of "extreme" animal cruelty at the property, leading to the death of a 10-month old dog.

In a statement, Ms Hurst said the dog was unable to give birth to all her puppies and the owner refused to take her to the vet despite significant pain. The dog died while her surviving puppies were taken to pet shops, the MP said.

The owner of the northern NSW property, whom the Herald has chosen not to name, declined to comment on Wednesday, citing legal advice.

The case has reignited calls for tougher laws in NSW to crack down on cruel practices in puppy breeding.

Ms Hurst said the alleged cruelty was the "devastating result of our weak laws".

"The puppy farming industry is allowed to essentially self-regulate, putting thousands of dogs at risk of serious cruelty and abuse," she said.

Ms Hurst and Ms Purcell said NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall, whose electorate includes the property near Inverell, had failed to act on the alleged cruelty since being informed in 2015.

Mr Marshall condemned cruelty against animals and said the raids on Wednesday were evidence of how seriously authorities took the issue.

"Any person in breach of our state’s robust animal welfare laws should have the book thrown at them and will be prosecuted," he said.

"The issue of cruelty towards companion animals who may be suffering due to illegal breeding practices is one that is close to my heart."

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