A Texas man was arrested after authorities in Jim Wells County discovered conditions described as “inhumane” at his alleged puppy mill operation. On August 18, the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office announced the rescue of 17 Shih Tzus who had been living in cages which were much like chicken coops.
The Sheriff’s Office stated:
The dogs were kept in a manner similar to a chicken coop that was doubled stacked wrapped with chicken wire with an aluminum floor and roof. The housing of the animals also had rusty nails and pieces of the chicken wire sticking out. The dogs did not have necessary food or water.
The man identified as the person running the Ben Bolt puppy mill is Claudio Domingo Barrera – he is facing charges for Cruelty to Non livestock Animals. The investigation is ongoing and the seized dogs are not yet available for adoption.
(Images Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office)
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