The SPCA is preparing legal action against a prolific German shepherd breeder who they rescued 40 dogs from.
An SPCA spokesperson confirmed to Newshub the organisation rescued a mix of puppies, dogs and pregnant bitches from the farm.
Due to privacy reasons the location of the property was not confirmed.
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When the dogs were found, they were slipping over in their own faeces, tangled in urine-sodden newspaper and living amongst old food scraps.
Each dog needed multiple veterinary appointments and vaccinations. Some of the bills cost thousands of dollars.
The SPCA estimates the case - one of the largest animal welfare cases they have ever investigated - has cost them $200,000.
Housing each of these dogs is costing up to $30 a day. Each month they are kept, they collectively eat 246kg of dog food.
More information will become available once legal action is filed, the spokesperson says.