Thursday, March 12, 2015
How Many Times Must A Person See What Goes On At These Disgusting Puppy Mills Before They Stop Buying From Pet Stores ???
CHOCTAW CO., AL. (WSFA) -More than 130 dogs are being rescued from an Alabama puppy mill located in the state's rural, southwestern Choctaw County, according to a statement released Wednesday by the ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The mill, described as a large, substandard breeding facility, is located in the town of Needham about 100 miles north of Mobile.
According to Choctaw County Sheriff Scott Lolley, Rebecca L. Miller and Janice R. Freeman were both arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. A meeting is set for Friday afternoon to determine the full extent of charges.
Sheriff Lolley says 141 dogs found alive and 10 dogs were found dead inside of garbage cans. Two more dogs dead were found in the woods of the property. Along with the malnourished dogs, investigators found illegal drugs (1,543 pills), a handgun and an estimated $20,000 in cash.
The ASPCA says it assisted the Choctaw County Sheriff's Office with the animal seizure operation and says neglected dogs will get medical care and behavioral enrichment at a temporary shelter. Included in the seizure are numerous Chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers and Pomeranians, many of which ASPCA officials say are malnourished and suffering from a litany of medical issues including hypothermia, dehydration, dental disease, and painful damage to their eyes that results in blindness.
“It's clear that profit was put above the well-being of these dogs,” said Tim Rickey, vice president for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “As is the case with most puppy mills, these dogs were treated as products for sale and not valued as living beings. They've gone most of their lives without basic necessities or positive human interaction," Rickey said. "We will provide them with much-needed medical attention and socialization and hope to place them with animal shelters to be made available for adoption once custody is determined.”
[SLIDESHOW: Photos from puppy mill seizure]
Multiple agencies from around the country are helping the ASPCA with the seizure, transport and shelter needs of the animals including the Montgomery Humane Society and others as far away as California. PetSmart Charities® is helping with toys, treats and other supplies.