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Ayrshire builder’s yard dog breeding plan axed as 5am barking complaint lodged

A retrospective plan to turn a builder’s yard into commercial kennels has been canceled by East Ayrshire Council’s planning committee.

The refusal comes after locals railed against plans submitted by Ms Willamena Brown, with a majority complaining about the site’s barking noise.

A neighbor even claimed that the puppy noise started as early as 5 a.m. and could continue late into the night.

The 2,200m² site, currently classified as a construction site, just off Brown Street in Newmilns, is sandwiched between an electricity distribution site and a factory.

At the planning meeting, it emerged that a probe had been launched at the site after complaints were made about dog farming on the site.

Fiona Finlay, head of the council’s development management team, said: ‘Complaints were received by the planning department on November 21 over allegations of dog farming on the site.

“Following an investigation by the Planning Enforcement Officer, the current application has been received. The application form indicates that the applicant was unaware that planning permission was required.”

Council officers recommended that the application be denied because no noise impact study had been provided and the development was not “compatible” with the surrounding environment.

Paul Gilchrist, Environmental Health Officer, added: “In reviewing this application, the Environmental Health Officer has considered the nature of the development and the surrounding environment and has expressed concern about the unacceptable noise impact of the development, in especially in terms of barking dogs.

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“Commercial premises give rise to complaints of excessive noise and over the past few weeks we have received a number of complaints relating to dog barking from these particular premises.”

Mr Gilchrist said that until a noise impact assessment could be provided and assessed, the department’s objection remained in place.

George Mair, who was a councilor when the meeting took place in April, said he was ‘really concerned’ that the council’s planning department and licensing section were tied ‘in knots’ because the claimant owns already a dog breeder’s license.

Since the development management section of the planning department was moved to governance departments in September last year, Mr Mair said objections to breeders’ licenses should be raised at the planning stage.

The app site is associated with a website called “Puppies R Us” which, according to their site, sells six different breeds of dogs “at different times” including: Cocker Spaniel puppies, Cockapoo puppies, Labrador puppies , Labradoodle puppies, Poodle puppies. and Goldendoodle puppies. The company is a licensed dog breeder.

A total of 18 objections were made and the councilors adopted the proposal to deny the request.

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Bewdley Farm owners appeal after commercial dog breeding plans rejected

Bewdley Farm owners have appealed after their dog breeding plans were rejected by the local council. The application, submitted to Wyre Forest District Council last year, proposed to change Northwood Farm’s land use from farming to ‘commercial dog keeping’.

The owners of the farm, located on the outskirts of town, have also offered to replace the existing kennels with a single kennel block which would include an office and storage room. However, the planning application was rejected later that year for a number of reasons, including concerns about increased barking and the impact the new kennel would have on the green belt.

According to the council: “The physical size and position of the building, results in a structure that does not harmonize with the surrounding landscape and significantly impedes the openness to the landscape and the green belt. The change of use would represent an encroachment of the countryside.”

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It continues: “Intensified use of the site would lead to an unacceptable sound level of barking dogs which would have a detrimental impact on (…) neighboring properties due to unacceptable noise pollution. The council officers’ report added: ‘The welfare of the dogs is of the utmost importance and there are animal welfare dog breeding regulations with which applicants must comply.’

The farm owners have now appealed the decision, saying the proposed building would be “far superior” in design to existing kennels. They added that new animal welfare regulations meant that upgraded buildings were urgently needed.

Their appeal states: “In the eyes of the appellant, the new building is a visual enhancement of the environment of the existing buildings which are currently detrimental to the landscape, and it is difficult to perceive them otherwise. No noise pollution was reported on the site. operator before 2021 reliably indicating that the site does not generate noise pollution.

“This particular use of dog breeding does not cause any nuisance as evidenced by the lack of complaints registered over an extended period. The origin of the complaints is unclear.

“No account appears to have been taken of neighboring dogs or pet dogs by the owner or neighbors. The new building is far superior in design, materials, construction and noise abatement materials than other previously used buildings.”

A decision on the appeal has not yet been rendered.

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Physical dog breeding sim Wobbledogs has left early access

I love devlogs, those messy blogs where game creators crack open the egg of video games to show you the yolk of development. Errors, dead ends, iterations; they illuminate the difficulties of creation, and they are entertaining to boot.

I like dogs too. I’ve written so much while writing about the horrible rectangular dogmorphs from a particular devlog – doglog? levdog? – in 2016. Those early GIFs would become Wobbledogs, a pet sim in which you breed mutant dogs. It has now left Early Access.

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Plan to turn Ayrshire ‘builder’s yard’ into commercial dog breeding kennels – but work has already started

A plan to turn a ‘builder’s yard’ into commercial kennels has been lodged with East Ayrshire Council.

The applicant, Mrs. Willamena Brown has already started working on the project.

In documents submitted to local authorities, Ms Brown’s agent, Stephen McQuistin, insisted his client, who lives on Irvine’s Livingston Terrace, “was not aware that planning permission was required” for development.

The 2,200m² site is currently listed as a construction site just off Brown Street in Newmilns, sandwiched between a power distribution site and a factory.

But Ms Brown wants to turn the site into a “commercial kennel for breeding dogs”.

Barking and isolation kennels part of the plans, as well as waiting and “normal” kennels.

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No details were provided regarding the number of dogs or puppies the property could accommodate.

Ayrshire Roads Alliance had no objections to the plans.

East Ayrshire Council planners will decide on the proposals at a later date.

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Will Young handcuffs himself to dog farm during protest

Singer Will Young has handcuffed himself to the doors of a puppy farm in support of ‘Camp Beagle’.

The Pop Idol star, who attended Exeter University before rising to fame by winning Pop Idol in 2002, was pictured sitting outside the Cambridgeshire facility today (November 16) while holding a banner that says “Cambridgeshire famous for Beagle torture thanks to MBR”.

Police attended the scene and after speaking to the singer, he removed the handcuffs and joined another group of activists.

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After the photo was posted on Camp Beagle’s social media – which campaigns against the use of dog breeding – Facebook users have since called him a ‘hero’ and ‘legend’ for his actions .

One person wrote: “Good man, come on, other celebs with compassion join in – it would soon get the mass attention it deserves.”

Another also said: “Awesome! What a legend!”

A third person added, “Thank you @willyoung for all you do for animals.”

A fourth wrote: “I have serious respect for him as a compassionate human being ready to take a stand to end the brutal and absolutely unnecessary torture of kind and sensitive animals.

“I take my hat off to you Mr Young.”

Video posted to the Camp Beagle Facebook post shows other protesters at the Huntingdon facility joining Will Young in the fight against animal abuse.

Other banners at the protest say such things as “Gates Of Hell” and “Shut Down MBR Acres”.

Camp Beagle says up to 2,000 beagles are kept at MBR Acres, before being shipped out in crates when they are 16 weeks old.

MBR Acres is owned by Marshall BioResources, a global supplier of biomedical research animals for decades.

CambridgeshireLive reports that they do not dispute the details of Stop Animal Cruelty Huntingdon – including that puppies are trained to accept a gas mask over their face and present their paw for injections – and have accepted “continued public interest in its business activities”.

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How to Spot the Signs of an Unethical Dog Breeding ‘Puppy Farm’

The growing demand for dogs in the UK has caused a darker side effect, namely the growth of puppy farms or unregistered ‘barnyard’ breeders, which can have heartbreaking implications for future owners.

Since the end of 2019, the dog population in the UK has increased by almost 50%, from 9.5 million dogs to 12.5 million according to a survey carried out by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association.

This is largely due to the fact that many people are adopting or buying dogs to keep them company during the Covid-19 pandemic, but this increase is also correlated with a greater demand for puppies, allowing puppy farms to thrive. .

As the PDSA published on their website: “A puppy farm is where several dogs are continually bred and the puppies sold. They are kept in poor conditions because the “breeders” do not care about their health and happiness.

“They are very different from reputable breeders. Usually, reputable breeders will only breed one or two different breeds at a time and should put the health of their puppies and mothers above a quick profit.

“Puppy farms tend to have many more breeds than that available, and dogs from puppy farms can get sick, which can lead to heartache for unwitting owners who adopt them.”

The RSPCA said it received 4,357 calls in 2018 alerting it to potential cases in England, up from 890 in 2008, a number that has been rising since.

Several measures have been put in place to try to combat the crisis, but they are by no means definitive.

Lucy’s Law, which was introduced in April 2020, meant that all third-party sales of puppies six months or younger would be banned, in a bid to crack down on puppy farms and other untrustworthy sellers.

This law means that puppies must be sold by the breeder, from where they were born with their mother.

However, that hasn’t stopped breeders from trying to cash in on this market boom by continuing their illegal activities and tricking hopeful dog owners into buying puppies that were bred contrary to the law. ethically and even cruelly, which can lead to health complications later.

TeamDogs have put together a guide to spotting a potential unethical breeder and what to do when you think you’ve encountered one.

Puppies from unethical breeders can have health issues (Image: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

How to recognize a puppy farm

It’s not always obvious that you’re potentially buying a dog from a puppy farm, so watch out for some important signs every step of the way.

First of all, where are the advertised puppies? If the ad is posted on social media, where is it shared? For example, if the ad is posted in a regulated group with moderators who have not deleted the post, it could be considered more legitimate than if it is shared on someone’s personal page or on a “story of social media.

However, generally speaking, any dogs advertised on social media that are not from a trusted breeder or rescue center are more likely to come from breeders with no relevant background or experience.

Also, see how often the breeder advertises for puppies – if they seem to have regular litters for sale and many different breeds, that could also be a bad sign.

Make sure you don’t hand over any form of bail until you’ve seen the dog yourself and have all the correct information in place.

When you visit the seller, you must complete a series of checks to establish their legitimacy.

If they ask to meet in a public place rather than at their home or meeting place, that can be a big red flag.

Other noticeable warning signs can be if the house is dirty, if there are many other outbuildings, or if areas are cordoned off without any explanation.

Listen for the sounds of many other dogs, especially those in distress.

However, sellers can sometimes rent spaces to sell their puppies, so check that it appears that dogs live there and that the animals are comfortable in their surroundings.

There are a number of checks you can do yourself (Image: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
There are a number of checks you can do yourself (Image: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

The RSPCA has practical advice for the right questions to ask a breeder, including to see if their ID matches the listing, and to show their local authority license if they breed and sell pets as a business .

They must also be able to provide authentic documents/certificates for puppy vaccinations, microchipping – which is a legal requirement – worming and results of any health tests if applicable.

A good breeder should also ask you questions: if he cares about the well-being of his animals, he must hope to put them in the right place.

They should also be happy to use The Puppy Contract if you both agree, this is a free toolkit developed by the AWP and RSPCA that helps protect both breeders and buyers.

Finally, the puppies themselves.

The dog’s health is paramount, so check that he has a wet but not runny nose, clear, shiny eyes and a healthy coat, and is not in visible distress.

Sellers should also be able to address any health concerns you may have with the puppy and produce relevant vaccination paperwork, if required.

Can you see the puppy with its mom and with the rest of the litter? A common tactic of puppy breeders is to separate the puppy from its mother too soon and only show one puppy at a time.

It should also be the same litter you have seen in the advertisements.

The best advice is that if you’re feeling bad, you probably are.

What should I do if I think this is a puppy farm?

If you think the seller is unethical or running a puppy farm, the first thing to do is leave, as difficult as that may be.

As tempting as it is to save a dog from a potential situation, it is far better to leave and let the proper authorities deal with the breeder.

When you find a good, reputable breeder, it can mean you have a happy, healthy dog ​​(Image: Getty Images)
When you find a good, reputable breeder, it can mean you have a happy, healthy dog ​​(Image: Getty Images)

You can report the ad on the website it is on, seeking to have it removed, and report any license violations to your local council.

If you think the dogs’ welfare needs are not being met, you should report this directly to the RSPCA, but if you witness animal abuse directly, you can call the police to deal with the matter.

Like The dog club summarizes: “All puppies are cute, and unless the puppy itself is dirty or has a visible medical condition, there’s no way to tell from just the look of the dog what condition they’re in. been raised, or what they will look like when they grow up.

“Before handing over any money, make sure you are absolutely confident that you are dealing with a responsible breeder.

“Be sure to ask all the questions you need to make sure the breeder is trustworthy.”

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Camp Beagle: Hundreds rally to protest Cambs dog breeding and animal cruelty

Around 500 animal rights activists gathered in London today (August 28) to protest animal cruelty, bringing traffic to a halt in the city.

Animal rights protesters from Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of climate change group Extinction Rebellion, Camp Beagle, a group calling for the release of beagle dogs from a Cambridgeshire breeding facility, and other groups gathered outside Smithfield Market in Farringdon.

They held a rally for speeches before marching through the city and stopping at Blackfriars station, the offices of food company Unilever and other businesses in the city.

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Activists held banners and signs saying ‘Unite for Animal Justice’, ‘Free the MBR Beagles’ and ‘Meat is Murder’.

Protesters stood against the MBR Acres site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, where beagles are bred for medical and veterinary research.

The PA news agency reported that a member of Animal Rebellion told the crowd that Unilever contacted their group after their campaign, which was met with cheers.

Speeches were held, the event lasted about 20 minutes and hundreds of people gathered to protest the breeding of dogs for animal research.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted that there was a blockage at Blackfriars Bridge due to protesters and it was resolved shortly after.

Protesters then staged a sit-in outside the offices of Cargill, an agricultural company, on nearby Queen Victoria Street.

MBR Acres, owned by the American company Marshall BioResources, has already been put in the spotlight by Camp Beagle.

The protest group has already traveled to MBR Acres in a bid to end testing of some 2,000 beagle puppies.

On July 22, protesters staged an all-day protest outside the beagle’s breeding ground.

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Man and woman arrested following investigation into illegal dog breeding

A Darlington man and woman have been arrested following an investigation into illegal dog breeding.

The two suspects were arrested last week in the Firthmoor area of ​​Darlington on suspicion of money laundering, breeding without a license and fraud by false representation.

They were questioned by officers and have since been released under investigation to allow further investigation.

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The arrests follow a joint investigation, carried out by Durham County Council’s Trading Standards team with the support of Durham Police.

Sergeant James Woodcock, of the Darlington Neighborhood Police Team, said: “It has become clear that organized crime and criminals are using dog breeding to generate wealth and support other illegal activities.

“Breeding without a license not only raises animal welfare concerns, but the lack of regulation can also fund dog theft as new animals are needed to meet demand.

“I urge people in Darlington to research where they buy animals from and follow the advice of the RSPCA and other animal placement charities.”

Durham Constabulary confirmed on Wednesday August 11 that inquiries are continuing.

Joanne Waller, Durham County Council’s Community Protective Services Manager, said: ‘We are working with our partners to continue to tackle illegal dog farming across the county and raise awareness of the problem.

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“It’s really important that people know who they’re buying a dog from.

“Choosing a responsible, licensed breeder will increase your chances of owning a happy, healthy dog.

“I therefore encourage everyone to do their homework before agreeing to buy a puppy, or considering rehoming a dog through charity to provide them with a loving home.”

An animal activity license is required for anyone who operates a breeding establishment (including private homes) for dogs that meets the following conditions:

  • If in a 12 month period their dogs give birth to three or more litters whether or not they are in the business of breeding and selling dogs.
  • Anyone “in the business” of breeding and selling dogs must be licensed regardless of the number of litters they have in a 12 month period.

A license is also required for someone selling puppies as a business, regardless of the number of litters they have per year. The commercial test is income over £1000 where they clearly advertise puppies for sale (either themselves or through proxy sellers).

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