Sunday, November 1, 2009

Puppy mill operator facing misdemeanors

Allison Cardona, ASPCA director of disaster response,
holds a basset hound rescued at a Jasper County
puppy mill last week. More than 40 dogs, who
suffered from various diseases and malnourishment,
have been sent to the Oxford-Lafayette
Humane Society in Oxford, Miss.

By David Owens

Local agencies are still reeling from the weekend discovery of a Jasper County puppy mill, that housed more than 40 malnourished dogs.

The seizure brought in the New York City-based American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and other state-based animal welfare groups.

Allison Cardona, ASPCA director of disaster response, said puppy mills are ongoing problem not just in Mississippi, but throughout the nation.

“Every time you buy a puppy from a pet store, it comes from a puppy mill operation,” she said. “There are places all across the country where profit is put over the actual care of the animal.”..." More