Don’t buy bulldogs at advocacy charity awash with pets with health issues amid calls for a ban
A charity has pleaded with people to stop buying bulldogs, amid urgent pleas from experts to stop buying the breed. An animal charity launched the plea after receiving its ‘worst’ consumption of bulldogs showing a catalog of illnesses.
Hope Rescue in Wales said it received two adult and eight bulldog puppies with serious health issues last week, all due to reproductive issues. It happened just a day before new research came to light from the Royal Veterinary College urging people in the country not to buy flat-faced dogs.
This is due to breeding creating respiratory problems, skin diseases and ear and eye disorders. Many of these illnesses, including cherry eyes and significant problems with their legs, spine and hips, were observed upon admission by Hope Rescue.
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These sick animals will never live a normal life and this can discourage potential new owners. Hope Rescue founder Vanessa Waddon said: “It’s hard for us not to be sympathetic to calls to ban the breed, especially after seeing the appalling state of this latest catch.
“If things do not change, we will join these calls. It is essential that buyers do not facilitate the breeding of brachycephalic breeds with exaggerated characteristics and choose breeders who put health before profit. We cannot continue to welcome these dogs and observe their Suffering.”
Hope Rescue, which is based in Llanharan, received the ten bulldogs on June 14 after being seized by a local authority in Wales on welfare grounds. The 10 new bulldogs join five other dogs already in the care of the charity due to poor breeding practices and low welfare breeders prioritizing wealth over health.
The Royal Veterinary College urges the public to think twice before purchasing a flat-faced breed and discourages the breeding and purchase of animals with extreme configurations. The college said: “Unfortunately, many of the breed’s problematic characteristics, such as a very flat face, deep folds of facial skin and noisy breathing, are still often perceived by many people as ‘normal’ novelties. “or even ‘desirable’ – rather than major welfare concerns.”
The results indicate that urgent action is needed to reduce the high rate of health problems related to extreme body shape currently seen in English Bulldogs if the future of the breed is to be protected. Hope Rescue’s own position supports this – and says it’s essential for buyers to change their buying behaviors or risk this breed continuing to endure a lifetime of suffering.
The charity said the dogs now needed investigative tests, x-rays and surgery, which would likely cost Hope Rescue around £20,000. Sara Rosser, Welfare Manager, said: “We’re pretty tough at Hope Rescue, but our hardened rescue hearts have been well and truly broken by these dogs.”
She added: “It is difficult for us to raise funds at the moment due to the current cost of living crisis, but if the public could help in any way, by helping us with our vet costs, we would would be extremely grateful.”
To donate or for more information, visit Hope’s appeal page: https://www.hoperescue.org.uk/Appeal/bulldog-intake-appeal