Four puppies die after Glasgow Airbnb SSPCA rescue mission operating as puppy farm

Four puppies have died after eight sick dogs were seized from a low-welfare breeder in an Airbnb.

The dogs were rescued from the Glasgow address on January 28, following a special investigation by the Scottish SPCA.

The Airbnb owner had unwittingly rented his home from the puppy dealers who used the property to breed the dogs.

Tragically, four of the puppies died from painful health issues, including parvovirus.



The dogs were seized from a property in Glasgow

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The SSPCA says it is aware of puppy farms operating from Airbnb ads, but this is the first time it has seized dogs.

As reported in today’s Daily Record, insensitive breeders use rentals to sell multiple puppies before leaving without a trace.

However, Airbnb is now working closely with the SSPCA to crack down on this practice.



SSPCA warns short-term rental operators to be vigilant

An inspector from the Special Investigations Unit, who cannot be named due to undercover work, said: “We have learned that a number of properties booked on Airbnb are being used by unscrupulous resellers to sell puppies at a high price.

“Unfortunately, the puppies got seriously ill or died.

“With the help of Police Scotland, we entered the address where we found eight puppies of different breeds.

“We visually assessed the puppies and it was clear that they were in very poor health.

“They were immediately taken to a vet where they were found to have a range of health issues such as parvoviruses, parasitic and bacterial infections and heavy loads of worms.

“Sadly, despite all efforts to save the puppies’ lives, four of the puppies sadly died.”



The puppies were riddled with worms and other bacterial infections

The SSPCA is now urging the public and owners of short-term rental housing to be vigilant.

The inspector explained, “An Airbnb host discovered dog droppings and droppings in a closet after renting out their house. They were suspicious and rightly contacted us.

“There are a large number of well-known and connected puppy traders who sell dogs this way.

“Puppies and their parents are suffering and dying from this industry.

“As long as this happens, we will do what we can to bring down this appalling trade. Public demand remains very high and as long as this continues bad dealers will find every way to operate.

“We are very pleased to have the support of Airbnb who are as dedicated as we are to solving this problem.”

Patrick Robinson, Director of Public Policy at Airbnb, said: “We were incredibly saddened to learn of this incident and the plight of the puppies and we thank the Scottish SPCA for their vital investigative work.

“We want to make sure that justice is done and we welcome the opportunity to support the Scottish SPCA in their investigation.

“The vast majority of hosts and guests are good neighbors who play by the rules, and we take swift and vigorous action against anyone who fails to meet the standards expected by communities.”

The lockdown saw increased demand for puppies, with many breeders trying to capitalize at the expense of animal welfare.

Marjorie Gibson, operations manager at Advice Direct Scotland, which manages consumeradvice.scot, said: “The lockdown has led more and more people to consider purchasing a puppy for their household.

“This trend has led to an increase in illegal breeders and puppy farms, who sell puppies that are not ready to leave their mothers and have not received the right treatment or vaccines.

“This can often lead to the dog’s extreme health and even death.

“Anyone who doubts a puppy seller’s credentials should trust their instincts and back out of the sale.

“Suspicious activity should also be reported to the police or the Scottish SPCA. “

Last week we shared how a family in Glasgow struggled to keep their new puppy alive after he started defecating blood moments after being dropped off at their home.

Little Skye was rushed to the vet and luckily survived, but not all new dog owners have been so lucky.

Today the Record revealed that a tight-knit network of Irish breeders are booking apartment rentals in Glasgow to create a false impression of well-groomed puppies in a family setting.

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