While searching for a new puppy or dog - if you ever encounter a situation that seems suspicious, like a backyard breeder that isn't looking after the dogs properly, breeder's place in appalling conditions, dogs underfed, poorly treated and kept in confined spaces please report it to the RSPCA asap. One of these places came to my attention recently and when I came to see the dog - that has been recently re-homed it was obvious that he had been seriously abused and neglected. By reporting it you'll be helping save other dogs from living in the same horrible situation. After you report it a RSPCA inspector is likely to go there, inspect the place and check it out. If they observe any acts of animal cruelty breeder will be charged and animals removed and re-homed. There are many backyard dog breeders out there, very ignorant of animal health standards and they just breed them in large scale to make quick money out of them without providing these dogs with not even the bare essentials for a good health and upbringing. They are born into traumatic environments and sometimes could carry genetically inherited problems. Some bitches become like breeding machines - having litter after litter all life long. That's why to choose a reputable dog breeder is so important. When looking for a new puppy to buy please check the Victoria Canine Association registered breeders list. Avoid the newspapers classified ads. You don't know where they come from.