A large-scale breeder in Texas was busted for keeping over 100 animals in cramped and unsanitary conditions, who have since been surrendered to the SPCA.
Small, filthy cages inside a metal structure filled with feces and urine - this is the place over 117 animals called home until being seized by law enforcement near Greenville, Texas last week. The pets, which consisted of 93 dogs, 22 puppies, and two cats, were the product of a local commercial breeder who was keeping the animals in cruel conditions, violating state regulations set in place to ensure proper space, shelter, and medical care for animals raised for such purposes.
Luckily for the pets, the SPCA of Texas was granted custody of all 117 animals recovered from the bust, and are working to get everyone in good health, providing them with medical care, grooming, and eventually, loving homes of their own. The group shared part of their rescue efforts on their Facebook page last week.
Investigators found the dogs, many sharing one crate, housed in a metal addition to the brick home on the property.
The dogs found at the facility were an assortment of smaller breeds, including Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Shih Tzu's, and Maltipoos. Many were found covered in their own urine and feces, while some were suffering from more serious and untreated medical conditions such as ulcers and ear infections. The dogs and cats are said to be doing well at this time, and most seem happy to be receiving love from caring hearts and hands for possibly the first time in their lives.
The SPCA of Texas is pleased to announce that our organization was granted custody of all 117 animals that our Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit seized last Tuesday from an alleged puppy mill in Hunt County. This precious Poodle mix, from the above case, was heartbreakingly matted and in need of care before our team stepped in, even after everything he's been through this little guy wouldn't stop giving our team kisses and all he really wanted was to be held, which we were happy to do for him! Be sure to check back in for more updates on this group. #TransformationTuesday
Posted by SPCA of Texas on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Despite the cruel conditions they were being kept in, puppies from this particular facility were allegedly being sold for anywhere from $700-$1200 a piece, according to the breeder, although it is still unclear where they were being sold to, be it pet stores or online.
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All photos by SPCA of Texas/Facebook
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