Saturday, August 29, 2015
As Many As 40 Dogs Rescued From Stephens County Puppy Mill Run From Two Locations/ HSUS Puppy Mill Update
TOCCOA, Ga. -- The Atlanta Humane Society assisted in the rescue of an estimated 40 dogs from at a Stephens County puppy mill run from two locations, Friday.
As of 2 p.m., 35 dogs had been rescued, officials with the society said. Meanwhile, the group remains on-site at the second property.
The dogs were kept in what society members said were deplorable conditions and the dogs were repeatedly bred for profit.
Many of the dogs were found dehydrated and malnourished, officials said, and one had to been rushed to a veterinarian for emergency care due to severe anemia.
The animals reportedly also received little or no medical care over the years and many dogs had eye and ear infections as well as a myriad of skin conditions. Those were often topped with matted hair and fleas.
At least 25 made their way to the Atlanta Humane Society and the dogs arrived in Atlanta at the Howell Mill campus in Midtown Friday afternoon.
From there, staff will work with them and hope to have the dogs ready for adoption in the coming weeks.
Half will be available at Howell Mill while the rest will go to the Mansell campus in Aplpharetta.
A team of five from the Atlanta Humane Society assisted the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter in the rescue.