RSPCA seizes 22 dogs, puppies, galah northwest of Gympie
RSPCA inspectors have seized dogs and puppies from a property in the North Burnett region after receiving information about a large number of jack russell terriers being neglected.
During the raid, carried out on Wednesday, inspectors found 22 adult dogs and five pups as well as a large number of birds and poultry living in conditions which Inspectors say can only be described as appalling.
All of the dogs and pups as well as a galah were seized from the property and are now in the care of RSPCA.
RSPCA Chief Inspector Daniel Young said the investigation was ongoing but the initial findings were extremely concerning.
"Sadly we are once again dealing with a property housing a large number of animals which were not receiving the standard of care they should be. With keeping such a number of animals comes a huge responsibility. Whether you have one animal or, as in this case numerous animals, you have a duty of care to ensure that they're looked after," he said.
"Often we see dogs in good physical condition living in environments that are far from acceptable. Caring for an animal requires more than just providing sustenance. They require socialisation, enrichment, treatment of disease or injury, and clean living conditions. Having a large volume of animals doesn't exclude you from having to provide these basic necessities."
The RSPCA encouraged people buying dogs from breeders to do their homework.
The RSPCA said charges were expected to be laid.