Spoodles who escaped Christchurch puppy mill are ‘obviously malnourished’, say couple who came to their rescue

A couple who came to the rescue of puppies that escaped from a Christchurch property – where 21 spoodles were rescued from a ‘serious’ and ‘dangerous’ environment on Wednesday – said the animals were ‘obviously malnourished, filthy and putrid”.

The woman behind the apparent puppy mill on Roydvale Ave, Burnside, is Rebecca MacPherson, who previously ran Beccijanes Cattery in Wairakei Rd, where two cat owners returned from their Christmas vacation in 2016 to find he had lost their cats.

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About four weeks ago, Bridget and Hayden, who didn’t want MacPherson to know their surnames, were walking on Roydvale Ave when they saw about 13 puppies running down the road.

The couple, who lived nearby, joined others to get the puppies to safety.

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Bridget and her partner Hayden took two of the puppies to the SPCA when they escaped on July 17.

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Bridget and her partner Hayden took two of the puppies to the SPCA when they escaped on July 17.

“We managed to get one. He was getting wet, he was super terrified,” Bridget said.

They described the puppies as “malnourished, absolutely filthy and putrid”.

Hayden noticed another pup trying to escape from a hole under the fence of the nearby dog ​​grooming and spoodle vendor property.

“He was making an awful sound of screams of pain.”

He tried to pull the dog, but as he put his hand there, a woman’s hand grabbed his on the other side.

“I tried to tear up the fence with another lady and that’s when I realized the pup wasn’t stuck under the fence, he was being pulled through that hole.

“I immediately let go because I didn’t want the dog to suffer so much, it was shocking. It was very painful for all of us. »

They managed to flag down a passing police car.

Tom Smith managed to get one of the puppies and took him to the SPCA

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Tom Smith managed to get one of the puppies and took him to the SPCA

The couple said that when police arrested a woman came out of the property and ‘hollered at them’.

She yelled to “give him back some f’n dogs, they’re my f’n dogs,” Hayden said.

“We both looked at each other and were like we couldn’t physically bring these dogs back if that’s where they came from,” Bridget said.

They took the two puppies they caught to the SPCA.

“We called them a few days after to check in, and they said the dogs were happy and in much better shape,” Bridget said.

Another couple, Tom Smith and his partner Michelle Clarke, were driving on Roydvale Ave when they saw the puppies on the road the same day.

Happy Tails Dog Grooming on Roydvale Avenue in Burnside, where 21 spoodle puppies and birds were seized due to animal welfare concerns.

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Happy Tails Dog Grooming on Roydvale Avenue in Burnside, where 21 spoodle puppies and birds were seized due to animal welfare concerns.

They stopped and got their hands on a puppy.

“It was filthy and filthy and had matted dirt. Someone told us this wasn’t the first time this had happened,” Smith said.

Smith said they waited with the officer while they tried to reach council, but after a 40-minute wait they took the pup to the SPCA.

It’s unclear whether the previous incident had any bearing on Wednesday’s raid.

Fire, police and animal management were involved, saving all 21 spoodle puppies (a cocker spaniel and a poodle cross) and several birds from the property.

Bridget and her partner Hayden took two puppies to the SPCA when they escaped on July 17.

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Bridget and her partner Hayden took two puppies to the SPCA when they escaped on July 17.

Things understands that the firefighters were wearing a breathing apparatus, probably because of the smell.

A person at the scene on Wednesday said the property was “beyond filthy” with a putrid stench detected from the road.

The SPCA described the environment as “initially unsafe” and a “serious situation”.

MacPherson advertises three online businesses: Rebecca’s Spoodles, Happy Tails dog grooming and Westside Curtains.

Rebecca’s Spoodles advertises the puppies online for sale between $1450 and $2000.

Things could not reach MacPherson for comment.

When Things visited Beccijanes in 2016, a woman there told the reporter to “get the hell off my property, you bastard”.

An advertisement for Rebecca’s Spoodles states that the puppies are “very affectionate towards me and no problem”.

“It’s very difficult to get up 3-4 times a night while babies are feeding, warming food and changing bedding. And huge daily wash because not clean. When they’re out of crate and in mothers care, it’s much easier warm in my bed with me and they’re sold out by 8 weeks (sic).

SPCA National Inspection Director Alan Wilson said an investigation is ongoing and would not comment further.

Police declined to comment.

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