ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS AND KAUFMAN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT RESCUE APPROXIMATELY 50 ANIMALS FROM ALLEGED PUPPY MILL
Kaufman, TX – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office in the rescue of approximately 50 dogs who were found to be living in deplorable conditions at an alleged puppy mill an hour and a half southeast of Dallas. All of the animals were seized by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.
This case began nearly two years ago when authorities seized more than 500 animals from the same property. After that raid in August 2009, the property owner was convicted of animal cruelty. “I led the August 2009 Kaufman rescue with other members of my team, local law enforcement and other animal protection organizations. We stayed the course and ARC’s Texas State Liaison recently obtained evidence that identified the property owner was in violation of probation,” said Scotlund Haisley, president of ARC. “We are pleased that the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office didn’t hesitate to act on our evidence and move forward with today’s arrest and seizure of animals.”
“The probation mandates the owner is only allowed to keep two dogs and the animals must be spayed or neutered,” said Deputy Daryl Landrum. “Kaufman County will not tolerate this violation and we will continue to aggressively prosecute cases of animal cruelty.”
On the scene responders found adult Chihuahuas, Malteses, Miniature Schnauzers and four litters of puppies less than a month old living in urine-soaked, feces-laden enclosures with high-levels of ammonia. Many of the dogs had no access to food or water and were suffering from malnutrition, hair loss and severe matting.
“The term ‘puppy mill’ does not give witness to the horrors the breeding mothers endure,” said Haisley. “They are considered machines whose puppies are nothing but products. It is our honor to promise these dogs their suffering has ended forever so close to Mother’s Day, when we celebrate maternal love and resilience.”
ARC is removing all of the animals and transporting them to an emergency shelter set up at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds. The animals will receive veterinary exams, vaccinations and any necessary medical treatments by a team of local veterinarians. ARC will provide daily care until custody of the animals is determined and animals can be placed with shelters and rescue groups.
Animal Rescue Corps performed this rescue in conjunction with Robin Sugg and PetSmart Charities®, who sent its Rescue Waggin® with supplies donated to make this rescue possible.
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Animal Rescue Corps
1380 Monroe Street NW #326
Washington, DC 20010-3452
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