Wednesday, February 22, 2012

More than 100 dogs seized; Eastland authorities investigating puppy mill

By Denise Blaz

Several Eastland residents who allegedly were running an unsanitary puppy mill likely will have criminal charges filed against them soon, a city official said Wednesday.
On Monday, about 100 dogs of various breeds, eight pet rats and two tortoises were seized by Eastland city and county authorities, said Ron Holliday, Eastland city manager.
“We’re confident charges will be filed,” he said. “The case is still under investigation.”
Holliday said the department took the animals from two homes after the city received complaints about bad conditions.
“They raised dogs for sale, and there were unfortunately a lot of problems, to say the least,” Holliday said. “The conditions were extremely unsanitary. The dogs’ physical health seems to be related to neglect. There seems to be no signs of abuse.”
According to Abilene-based Rescue the Animals, a tip led to the animals’ seizure. Paul Washburn, president of the nonprofit group, said the group received detailed information and pictures of “terrible conditions.”..."  More

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