Officials in Tate County, Mississippi, seized 170 dogs on Monday from a resident running a dog breeding business
Investigators are calling the business a puppy mill, WMC reports.
Saying their living conditions were “deplorable,” rescue crews found that many of the dogs were blind, matted and filthy, and in need of immediate medical attention.
“Kennels just stacked on top of each other,” Tunica Humane Society Director Sandy Williams told WMC. “There were two mamas nursing brand new puppies. Many, many little senior dogs.”
The business, Ashcraft Kennels, advertises chihuahuas, poodles and miniature pinschers for sale.
“She has a legitimate puppy business, but that doesn’t excuse the condition the dogs were living in,” Williams said.
The business owner is cooperating with authorities and has not been arrested.
The findings will be taken to the district attorney for legal action.
Rescue crews have taken the dogs to various vets in the area for checkups and treatment, if necessary.
Eventually, the dogs will be put up for adoption through the Tunica Humane Society, which is accepting donations for their care.See a typo? Report it here.