Dogs rescued from puppy mill operation

Dogs in ‘abysmal’ condition rescued from large puppy mill operation

Dogs living in deplorable conditions at a large puppy mill operation in Washington County, Pennsylvania, have been rescued. According to multiple sources, authorities acting on a tip about potential animal cruelty, found over 100 dogs at a suspected puppy mill business last week.

Deplorable conditions

When officials arrived at the property on Hamilton Acres Lane in Hopewell Township, they found dogs “running wild” – many of the dogs were described as being in “abysmal” condition and others were said to be dying. According to the ANNA Shelter, which took in dozens of the neglected dogs, there were five rescue groups working together to remove animals from the property.

According to the shelter, the dogs were suffering from a variety of maladies, including poor muscle tone from being caged “their entire lives,” to rotting gums and teeth.

The shelter hopes to find breed knowledgeable adopters to take in the German short-haired pointers who were seized from the property. Ruth Thompson, with the shelter, told WTAE News,

“It’s a high-energy dog. It’s a working dog, sporting breed, hunting
breed, so it’s got to have a job. This is probably the first time
some of these dogs have actually been able to run. We had them loose in
the indoor arena and they were literally just sprinting and jumping and
leaping up in the air.”

Charges expected

According to the Post-Gazette, “hundreds of criminal charges” are expected against the people involved with the puppy mill operation. A federal investigation and felony charges are expected. A Trooper described what is believed to have been happening at the breeding operation:

What we think we have here is puppies being bred in deplorable conditions and then individuals would come and take the good-looking puppies to Maryland where they were sold for anywhere from $900 to $1,500. The older dogs are malnourished and needed care. The younger ones were doing better. The puppies were in better shape.

Find the ANNA Shelter on Facebook here.

(Images via ANNA Shelter Facebook page)

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5 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Torturing those scum would be too good for them. They need to feel the pain these poor pups have gone through on a daily basis and have it done to them over and over again. May they never know a moments piece.


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