It’s a Christmas ‘furry tail’ for puppy farmed Brian

The Scottish SPCA is delighted to once again be part of Help the Animals on Channel 5, a fundraising appeal dedicated to UK animal welfare charities.

Brian and family

Animal lovers will be able to see the story of Brian, a puppy rescued from an illegal puppy farm, who is celebrating his second Christmas in his ‘fur-ever’ home.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity rescued Brian and 104 other animals from Scotland’s largest puppy farm in September 2017.

Frank James was found with 87 dogs on his property near Fyvie in Aberdeenshire. The living conditions were appalling and remain some of the worst the Scottish SPCA has ever seen. James was sentenced to nine months in prison and a lifetime ban on owning animals.

But, it was a happy ending for all but one of the animals involved which was sadly put to sleep due to the extent of its suffering.

Brian, the sprocker spaniel, was born at the puppy farm and he found his happy ever after with Jane Henderson and family.

Jane said, “This will be Brian’s second Christmas with us and we can’t imagine life without him.

“When we first got him, he was nervous and timid and is still wary around men.

“But, he has come on leaps and bounds over the last two years. He knows we are his forever family and he loves and trusts us.

“Don’t get me wrong, it was hard work but so worth it. Our whole family are so thankful that Brian, his mum and brothers and sisters, were rescued from that awful place.”


Scottish SPCA superintendent Sharon Comrie said, “We’re absolutely delighted Brian found his forever home with a loving family.

“Bracken, Brian’s mother, was used as a puppy making machine and was forced to have litter after litter. We’re happy to say that Bracken was also successfully rehomed and is spoilt rotten, as she deserves!

“Unfortunately, many dogs from puppy farms are not so lucky.

“Puppy farmers are driven by greed and have little or no concern for the animals welfare.

“If you are going to buy a puppy, make sure you know how to spot the signs. Visit our #SayNoToPuppyDealers website to find out more.”

You can watch the full story of Brian on Help the Animals on Channel 5. Programmes will run across the week from Monday 2 December on Channel 5. The fundraising appeal is raising money and awareness for UK animal welfare charities, highlighting the vital activities of the Scottish SPCA, The Donkey Sanctuary, RSPCA, Wildlife Aid and Blue Cross. For further details on how to donate and get involved visit the Help the Animals website




Scottish SPCA volunteer with rescue cat


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