The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) has shut down Dalsmynni dog breeding farm in North Iceland, RÚV reports. A statement on MAST’s website states the decision was made on the basis of animal welfare. The authority’s requirements for permanent improvements to the farm had not been fulfilled, particularly regarding the training and care of the dogs. Maintenance of housing was also considered insufficient.
The ruling bans all operations on the farm, including import of dogs, mating, and breeding, as well as any activities connected to dog breeding. The breeder has been granted one month to relocate the dogs. It is now prohibited to use the farm’s buildings to house dogs unless an inspection is completed by the authority. Cleaning and disinfection of the facilities was not sufficient, particularly following the appearance of threadworm (Strongyloides stercoralis) on the farm.