A Coastal dog breeder facing accusations of animal cruelty is shutting her operation.
Paula Duff said she was closing the Moondai View Kennels, where she has been breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for 12 years.
Mrs Duff said she could no longer manage the Sheffield kennels due to her health, and was looking for a home for three dogs, but she denies any animal cruelty.
"I've been reducing the number of dogs here gradually," Mrs Duff said.
"I'm rehoming these last three dogs and then there will be no more breeding."
She and husband Philson would keep their four pets.
The business has been targeted on social media after Emma Haswell of the Brightside Farm Sanctuary charity bought five dogs from Mrs Duff last week.
Ms Haswell said four of the dogs had ear infections and one needed urgent dental treatment.
Ms Haswell said she had concerns about the kennels.
"They should be shut down. It's too much for them," Ms Haswell said.
"It's my big concern that the dogs are suffering badly with infection. Of the four (I bought), two needed a general anaesthetic to clean out the ears.
"Potentially two dogs could need surgery and possibly have lifelong infections; one had a grass seed the vet said was in the eardrum for 6-12 months."
Another of the dogs had mammary tumours, she said.
"I believe they are downsizing from a lot of dogs to about 9-10 there now, which is a vast improvement."
An RSPCA spokesperson said Moondai View Kennels had been reported to the animal cruelty hotline.
"The matter is under investigation. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are sold for a considerable amount of money and we would expect the conditions the animals are kept in would be exemplary.
"We have been working over a long period with the owner to ensure the best possible welfare standards are met."
The RSPCA said it understood the emotions being expressed on social media.
"... RSPCA Tasmania understands the heightened emotion behind recent social media posts around the dogs being surrendered to Brightside.
"RSPCA inspectors are bound by privacy regulations and cannot comment further at this stage."
Mrs Duff denied any of her animals had been subjected to cruelty.
"There's never been animal cruelty. The dogs have been my life.
"The vet had been here, they'd had their annual check and vaccination.
"The one which was timid, I couldn't treat his ears. My vet had done drops twice a day for him but I couldn't get into the yard to do it and there was no-one else here to do it. I can't get through the gate in the walker."
She rejected allegations that Moondai was a puppy farm.
"No, I didn't run a puppy farm. I just kept too many dogs. I've had 15 dogs when I've had young dogs, which are sold on."
Kentish Council general manager Gerald Monson said the council would not be cancelling Mrs Duff's licence, which allows up to 12 dogs.
He said the council was aware of the RSPCA investigation.