Puppy Mill Conditions Shock Seasoned Veterans

 |  Jan 20th 2009  |   11 Contributions


In Gold Bar, Washington a puppy mill was raided after a tip from a good Samaritan. The conditions of this puppy mill were so horrendous that even seasoned animal control officers were shocked.

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies and officers raided the property, where they found many of the dogs stuffed inside small crates and pens overflowing with urine and feces, investigators said. Several dead puppies also were found in a freezer, and two dead dogs were found elsewhere on the premises. Eighty-seven of the dogs were living in a converted attic.

On the property a variety of small breed dogs were found along with some mixed breeds, sold as "designer dogs." There were also a few larger dogs along with four cats and three parrots. All together 155 animals were rescued, taken to the Everett Animal Shelter for care and assessment.

Vicki Lubrin of the Snohomish County Animal Control Services said the cost of seizing and treating the animals rescued from these conditions severely impacts the budgets of all responding agencies.

She said anyone wishing to donate dog food or money for medical expenses to the Everett Animal Shelter's nonprofit agency, ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation), may do so by calling 425-257-6000 or coming to the shelter in person at 2732 36th St., Everett.

We hope all the animals will eventually be put up for adoption and find loving homes.

* Photo of one of the rescued dogs courtesy Everett Animal Shelter.

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