A dog and 11 puppies were found dead in a kitchen with a freezer — individually wrapped in plastic bags — and 60 other dogs were rescued this week from what SPCA of Texas officials alleged was a puppy mill.
The animals were found Wednesday in a home in Canton, Texas, about 60 miles east of Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Dogs roamed the urine-soaked, feces-filled house with little to no access to food or water,” the SCPA, said in a press release.
The authorities seized 60 dogs, as well as a dozen deceased — Wednesday of what the SPCA of Texas is the calling of a Canton is a puppy mill. https://t.co/rccp60yInp
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) on March 15, 2018
In one room, nursing mothers, and their nests were found in small, plastic and metal cages in a cabinet, ” the statement said.
The animals have also suffered from fur loss, long nails, matted fur, eye and ear problems and other health problems, KHOU-TV reported.
The attack followed an investigation into the alleged puppy mill after the SCPA of Texas’ animal Cruelty division received March 1 complaint, the report said.
The animals’ owner told authorities the animals were sold for profit, the animal SHELTER told the newspaper.
It is unclear whether the owner had a commercial breeding license, but all large-scale breeders in Texas are required by law to be licensed and have their sites inspected regularly, the station reported.
The dogs were taken to the animal SHELTER of the Dallas facility for the medical care. A hearing to determine their custody was set for 23 March in the Van Zandt County courthouse.
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