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Spoodles that escaped Christchurch puppy mill ‘overtly malnourished’, say couple who came to their rescue & More New Zealand News

A couple who came to the rescue of puppies that escaped a Christchurch property – where 21 spoodles were rescued from a “serious” and “unsafe” environment on Wednesday – say the animals were “overtly malnourished, filthy and putrid smelling”.

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 holidays in 2016 to discover it lost their cats.

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

The pair, who lived nearby, joined others herding the puppies to safety.

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“We managed to get one of them. It was wetting itself, it was super terrified,” Bridget said.

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

Hayden noticed another puppy trying to escape from a hole under the fence of the dog grooming and spoodle seller property nearby.“It was making a horrendous noise squealing in pain.”

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

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.

“I tried to rip the fence open with another lady and that’s when I realised the puppy wasn’t stuck under the fence it was being pulled back through this hole.

“I immediately let go because I didn’t want the dog to be in that much pain, it was shocking. It was very distressing for all of us.”

They managed to wave down a police car that was driving by.

The couple said when the police stopped a woman came out of the property and “hurled abuse” at them.

She yelled to “give her f’n dogs back, those are my f’n dogs,” Hayden said.

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

They took the two puppies they grabbed to the SPCA.

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

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

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

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

They stopped and got hold of one puppy.

“It was filthy and rank and had matted dirt. Someone told us it was not the first time this had happened,” Smith said.

Smith said they waited with the police officer while they tried to get a hold of the council, but after 40 minutes on hold they took the puppy to the SPCA.

It’s not known if the earlier incident had any bearing on Wednesday’s raid.

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

Stuff understands firefighters wore breathing apparatus, likely due to the smell.

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

Stuff spoke to neighbours on Thursday who said Macpherson was “quiet and kept to herself”. They did not have many interactions with her.

One neighbour said in the past month they had seen dogs escape from the property three times.

Another neighbour said they had only ever seen eight or nine adult dogs there, not puppies, that looked “well-groomed and well-fed”.

“We never smelt anything bad,” they said.

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.

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

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

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

Stuff has been unable to reach MacPherson for comment.

When Stuff visited Beccijanes in 2016, a woman there told the reporter to “get the hell off my property you f… mongrel”.

One ad for Rebecca’s Spoodles states the puppies are “very loving towards me and no problem”.

“It’s very hard getting up 3-4 times every night while babies to bottle, top-up warm food and change bedding. And enormous washing daily as not toilet trained. When they are out of crate and in mothers care it’s much easier in warmth in my bed with me and they are sold by 8wks (sic).”

SPCA national inspectorate manager Alan Wilson said an investigation was under way and would not comment further.

Police declined to comment.

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