NINA was cruelly dumped after having delivered litters of puppies for 12 years for a backyard breeder in Hawkesbury.
A good Samaritan took the sick west highland terrier cross to the pound after finding her astray.
Luckily Nina met, and won the heart of, Mandy Schirmer of Loved Ones Animal Rescue who adopted her last year.
Ms Schirmer — who has many foster carers in Blacktown — said Nina has a heart condition from being used as a ‘‘puppy producing factory’’.
‘‘It’s hard to say how many pups she had delivered,’’ Ms Schirmer said.
‘‘But given her physical state, it would be safe to say she had a minimum of one litter for each year of her life.
‘‘When I rescued Nina, she had pyometra, an infection in the uterus.
‘‘It is a serious condition that can be life-threatening if left untreated.
‘‘She was diagnosed with a heart condition which requires medication twice daily.
‘‘She also had a large hernia removed when she was desexed.
‘‘These hernias are caused by trauma or pregnancy.’’
Ms Schirmer said Nina was dumped when she could not produce any more pups.
‘‘The love and trust she has given me is priceless; she was a very scared girl and didn’t trust people when I first met her,’’ Ms Schirmer said..
‘‘I got involved in animal rescue because they rely on us as humans to look after them and meet their needs.’’
Ms Schirmer supports RSPCA NSW and Animal Welfare League Australia’s recent calls to introduce a national legislation to crack down on puppy farms and irresponsible breeding practices.
RSPCA NSW said puppy farms operated under conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs.
A spokesman said they are usually large-scale commercial operations, but inadequate conditions may also exist in small volume breeding establishments which may or may not be run for profit.
‘‘Dogs in puppy farms are often kept in cramped spaces or even cages,’’ he said.
‘‘They spend their entire lives, pacing back and forth in their tiny cages and banging their heads against the cage doors in despair.
‘‘These domestic animals are never patted, walked or shown love in any way.
‘‘They are simply money-making machines.
‘‘ The mothers of puppies are forced to over-breed, which can end in terrible pain and suffering from collapsed uteruses.’’
Animal Welfare League Australia said a national regulation would eliminate cruel or irresponsible breeding practices.
President Grant Robb called on residents to lobby their federal MPs for a nationally consistent breeder permit system to reduce the numbers of unwanted dogs and cats.
Those wishing to sponsor or adopt such animal should visit www.lovedonesanimalrescue.com.au.