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500 dogs seized at Texas puppy mill

Authorities seized about 500 dogs being housed in wire crates and pens in Montague County, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The Montague County Sheriff’s Department served warrants Tuesday morning at the 1,200-acre property near Bowie after complaints about the animals’ living conditions, said Sandy Grambort, a supervisor with the Humane Society of North Texas.

Grambort said the operation has been the subject of complaints for as long as 10 years, but in the past none of them have been able to be verified.

The property owners sold puppies to the public on the Internet and through newspaper ads.

Grambort said there were at least 25 different breeds on the site, but most were small breeds.

Some of the dogs were kept in wire crates that were double stacked in a series of outbuildings. Dogs were also kept in outdoor pens and kennels. Some of the animals had sores, open wounds and skin conditions in need of treatment, she said.

Chesapeake Energy donated use of a 4,000-square-foot warehouse in the Fort Worth stockyards to temporarily house the animals, and PetSmart Charities donated several hundred dog crates, dog food and water bowls. Volunteers with United Animal Nations will help care for the dogs.

Comments

Comment from Diana Stafford
Time July 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I run a small breed and puppy rescue in Manhattan Montana. I currently have 6 foster homes without dogs in them . I also work with IMPS and SSMPR both Minpin rescue groups. I could help out by taking a few dogs into our rescue group. Just let me know what you need us to do. I have facilities to also handle prego dogs. Diana Stafford Tiny Tails K-9 Rescue Manhattan, Montana 406-580-2006 cell phone.

Comment from Jane McCarty
Time July 24, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I would be willing to foster a dog, no larger than approx 40 lbs…I have an 80 lb labradoodle who is very gentle and good with small dogs.

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