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Gayla’s Little Poodle Palace shut down

Gayla’s Little Poodle Palace, on the outskirts of Sparta, Tennessee, wasn’t so little.

More than 200 dogs — 221, according to the Humane Society of the United States — were seized from the puppy mill last week by the White County Sheriff’s Department after complaints that they were being housed in unsanitary conditions and lacked proper socialization and medical care.

All of the animals have been surrendered by the owner to the custody of the White County Sheriff’s Department, according to an HSUS press release.

The HSUS assisted in removing the animals and transporting them to an emergency shelter set up and staffed by the HSUS, the White County Humane Society and United Animal Nations. There, the dogs will be examined by a team of veterinarians before being transferred to animal shelters for evaluation and adoption.

“These dogs were being sold to unsuspecting consumers over the Internet and through newspaper advertisements. This should be a reminder to anyone looking for a new pet to first consider adoption, and only purchase a dog if you have personally visited the breeder,” said Leighann McCollum, HSUS Tennessee state director.

The dogs, mostly toy poodles, some with serious medical issues, were all living living in a small home.

Sheriff Oddie Shoupe said puppy mill owner Gayla Jackson was cooperating with authorities.

“She said she needed the help and didn’t know where to turn, and that this was a blessing in disguise,” said Shoupe. “She started grooming dogs, then it blossomed into a breeding operation, and it was too much for her to take care of.”


Comment from Hazel Williams
Time May 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I would love to adopt two of them if and when they come available. I am so glad they are saved and didn’t go to a kill shelter..I know they would love playing with my Rocky who is shitz/pm also rescured by me abandoned.

Comment from sue
Time May 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm

if any come to up state NY i am very interested in adopting 2 of them

Comment from jess
Time August 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm

that’s wonderful, would love to get my hands on a puppy

Comment from Jane
Time September 25, 2013 at 7:35 am

I’ll adopt one as well. Love the dancing poodle. have an old guy at home 9 yr old toy poodle rescue