Texas SPCA seizes 140 dogs and puppies from suspected puppy mill

On Saturday, the Texas SPCA removed 138 dogs including 21 puppies and two cats from a suspected puppy mill in Fannin County. According to the organization’s press release, the dogs were removed on Friday after they were discovered living in filthy conditions.

“More than 30 dogs were housed inside the residence on the property. Most of the animals were housed in a structure behind the residence, and were all found living in filthy cages, crates and kennels, up to three dogs in each. This structure was infested with roaches, which were found crawling all over the dogs and cats housed there. In one area, the dogs were being housed in feces- and urine-filled wire crates stacked on top of each other. In another area, a makeshift run of feces- and urine-filled pens held the majority of the dogs. The entire structure was coated in feces and drenched in urine, and the stench of feces and urine was so strong that it caused investigators to gag and could be smelled from well outside the structure.”

An investigation had been launched after the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint concerning dogs living in horrible conditions from representatives from Child Protective Services that had been on the property on a separate complaint. The SPCA, along with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office and the Honey Grove Police Department participated in the raid and removed all of the animals.

Maura Davies from the Texas  SPCA stated the owners were running a puppy mill and mistreating the dogs. Cockroaches were found crawling all over the areas as well as over the animals as they were being removed from the premises.

“The animals appear to be suffering from various health issues, including matted fur, fur loss, fleas, dental issues, long nails, ear issues, tumors and more…”

Many of the dogs have health problems and have been transferred to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center for treatment and care until a scheduled custody hearing on January 15.

Texas law requires all large-scale breeders to be licensed and inspected on a regular basis. It is unclear if the owner is properly licensed according to the Large Scale Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Bill which took effect on September 1, 2012. The legislation provides guidelines for the treatment of animals in large-scale breeding facilities which is defined as anyone who keeps 11 or more breeding females or sells 20 or more puppies or kittens a year. The law specifies specific conditions including feeding, space, shelter, ventilation and medical care.

(Photos via  Texas SPCA Facebook)

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8 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    I NEVER thought I would commend the STATE OF TEXAS on A SINGLE THING>>> BUT here I AM!!!! Thank YOU SPCA and officers in FANNIN COUNTY Sheriff’s Department!!!! YOUR COUNTY IS REMARKABLE and I COMMEND YOU on doing the HONORABLE AND RIGHT THING by these TORTURED ANIMAL”S … I can only hope the County Attorney and the Judge of FANNIN County will DO THE SAME! These POS human Sociopaths Need their Children ( which more than likely being investigated lead to the horrific conditions the children and animals ) were being kept in……… Bless each and every One who busted these No-Accounts!!!

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  2. pamela bolton says:

    EVERY puppy/cat mill should be shut down, period. There are too many animals in the shelters who need homes. Until ALL THE ANIMALS ARE ADOPTED, there should not be a breeder of any kind, pumping more animals into the problem. Common sense knows that you can’t fill a hole if someone is digging it out right behind you.

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  3. Adrienne says:

    Put the owners in this house and make them clean every bit of it up, then toss them in jail for all their crimes and violations. They are not legal breeders but only there to make a buck off these dogs.
    Hope that any of these animals that were sold to pet stores or individuals don’t have their dogs come down with serious,deadly illness. Take all their money, and give it back to those who bought from them.
    Worse than scum. They are like those who use dogs for fighting-Only to get money for themselves and the minimal that has to be spent on taking care of these animals.

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  4. PAMELA D says:

    HERE IS ANOTHER LOW LIFE SCUMBAG POS THAT I WOULD LOVE TO TORTURE. MOTHERFUC*^R ARE NOTHING BUT LAZY COWARD ASSHOLES WHO NEED TO GET A REAL JOB INSTEAD OF MAKING MONEY OFF OF ANIMAL. ONLY A USELESS BASTARD CAN ACTUALLY LOOK AT ANIMALS IN CAGES AND HAVE NO DAMN HEART. HOPE THESE SUBHUMAN SLOWLY ROT AND DIE. I WOULD LOVE TO PUT THESE SORRY ASSES IN A CAGE AND THROW THE DAMN KEY AWAY AFTER I BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF THEM.

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  5. susispot says:

    I hope they give these animals the chance to be adopted. Such a large number of animals may stack the deck against those with medical issues that will take money and time to fix. I REALLY pray NONE are returned to the monsters that they came from. Updates would be nice.

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  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    The perfect result would be to take these maggot puppy mill operators and stick them in their own disgusting filthy cages, close and lock the door and leave THEM to wallow in it. They deserve no less. ALL puppy mills nationwide should be outlawed and permanently shut down. These hell holes are run by unemployable, lazy, 3rd grade dropouts who live off animals that they don’t take care of but have no problem selling them. They are the reason for overcrowded shelters and abandoned animals – these people are the scum of the earth – no, excuse me, they are subhuman trash.

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  7. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Sounds like Texas is not enforcing their laws and the people are not doing their jobs! I hope they don’t just euthanize the animals because it’s “easier” that way. Texas seems to be notorious for doing that.

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