Unregulated and unchecked dogs and disease

The despair of mass dog breeding, on a factory farming scale.

Puppy Farming is rife in the Republic of Ireland as the Government have only recently introduced legislation to regulate dog breeding.

This has allowed dog breeders to exploit this massive loophole for decades and breed from as many dogs as they can accomodate on what can only be refered to as battery dog farming on an industrial scale in some instances.

One such puppy farm is owned by John Boland junior in County Offaly between Dublin and Galway.  His puppy farm has been exposed many times in the media as it is  the largest puppy farm in the Republic of Ireland with over 700 breeding bitches and 300 puppies at any one time.  Although some say there could be as many as 1,200 dogs kept but this has not been confirmed.

Here is one link to a newspaper article that highlighted the plight of the dogs. 


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John Boland jnr and the home for his 1,200 dogs, a breeze block construction that is more fitting for an industrial unit!

This is factory dog farming at its worse, no daylight, no natural light with no excercise areas for the dogs.

This is one of the puppy farmers that sells puppies to dealers and UK pet shops.

Be warned your puppy may not have had the best start in life and you or your vet maynot be able to cure its problems. Do not buy puppies from pet shops, they are all bred in puppy farms or by commercial breeders.

This is not acceptable, this is dog breeding on an industrial scale.


4th May 2009

Now there are unconfirmed reports of an outbreak of  canine brucellosis on his puppy farm.  This is very serious and if confirmed should result in his puppy farm to be in quarantine whilst all dogs and puppies are checked for this disease  which is a zoonosis.  The authorities will be checking tomorrow 5th May 2009 if they can gain access. The owners  have confirmed they have this disease on the premises.

As John Boland junior does not sell his puppies direct to the public but  he does export litters of puppies via dealers to other countries including the UK  to be sold in pet shops. 

This is of grave concern health for the puppies already exported and sold or those waiting to be sold to an unsuspecting purchaser.

See link to the report


Todays newspaper report 5th May2009.

Ministry of Agriculture officials will visit the puppy farm today.   



Canine Brucellosis
Reprinted with permission by Marion Coffman
Brucellosis has been recognized as a disease of domestic farm animals for many years, but was not considered a significant problem with canines until the increased incidences of abortions and reproductive failures became apparent in the late 1960's.

Dogs became infected after the bacteria penetrates the mucous membranes of the mouth, eye, or vagina. The organism lives intracellularly and locates itself in tissues which are isolated from the immune system thus the infected dog does not maintain an antibody titer even though he is harboring the organism. The disease may also be spread after abortion or whelping, by nasal and oral contact with aborted puppies or their membranes. Newborn puppies can become infected by their dam's milk, although most puppies have already become infected while they are still in the uterus.

Dogs with brucellosis will not usually show any signs or be seriously ill. The bacteria can live in a male's testicles and prostate gland where it will cause infection and sterility, spreading the bacteria in both his semen and his urine for many years before showing any obvious signs. A semen evaluation done early in the course of the disease, will show abnormal sperm and long-term therapy has been successful in some cases. Without the antibiotic treatment the scrotum may become enlarged due to fluid accumulation, the dog will occasionally bite or lick at the area due to pain and irritation from the infection, and have pain when ejaculating. Males infected for a long time may have small soft testicles, kidney problems or damage to the nervous system. Some may show signs of uveitis, an eye problem, with pain, spasm of the eyelid, reddening of the blood vessels of the conjunctiva, and resistance to light.

Infected females may abort puppies between 49 and 59 days of her pregnancy. Or she may carry the litter to term and have both dead and live puppies whelped. Most puppies born live will die within the first few hours and if there are live puppies, they will show swollen lymph nodes, fever, and convulsions. These puppies are a major source of infection for future generations of dogs and MUST be neutered or spayed.

An abortion may go unnoticed due to the dam ingesting the dead fetus but she will have a grayish-brown discharge lasting as long as six weeks. Brucellosis should be suspected whenever a bitch fails to conceive after an apparently successful breeding.

Serological testing has shown to be the quickest and most common way to diagnose canine brucellosis. The two most common tests are RSAT (rapid slide agglutination test), and the TAT (tube agglutination test). The RSAT is a quick inexpensive test that can be done in your veterinarian's office and negative results to this test are quite accurate. It can detect the infection in animals as early as two weeks after infection. As many as sixty-five percent of the dogs that may test positive with the RSAT test actually do not have the disease after a second test by the TAT method due to the cross reactivity of the test with other bacteria such as the bordatella bronchiseptica, which causes kennel cough.

Attempts at any form of immunization from brucellosis have not been successful to date and the only control is elimination or isolation of any infected dog and long-term therapy of streptomycin, gentamycin, and tetracycline combinations.


If you have purchased a puppy recently from a retail outlet in the UK and your puppy has been bred in the Republic of Ireland and becomes unwell it would be worth mentioning to your vet that there has been an outbreak of Canine Brucellosis in a large puppy farm in the Offaly region in the Republic of Ireland and could he test the puppy for canine brucellosis.

This disease is highly contagious amongst dogs and is a zoonosis.


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