A few days back I posted a story, Faces Of A Puppy Mill: Read The Amazing Stories Behind The Faces, on the 121 dogs that were seized from the woman in Tarpon Springs, FL. The dogs had been taken to the Suncoast Animal League where foster homes were found to care for them and nurse them back to health. The dogs were doing very well with the love and care of the volunteers who took them in.
The Suncoast Animal League took possession of the dogs in April. The animals were said to be in deplorable conditions.
Now, I received a disturbing update from Dogster member Jessica (proud mom of Chanel), that a judge ruled 60 of the dogs seized must go back to this woman.
A woman who had 120 dogs seized from her Tarpon Springs home will get 60 of them back, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Although the Suncoast Animal League, who went in and seized the dogs, had permission from a county judge they did not have Pinellas County commissioners permission which is stated in the law. Rick Chaboudy, Suncoast’s Executive Director, will try to get permission and go back to a judge for custody.
The dogs’ owner Teresita Hughes admits she had too many dogs but her attorney says it was an illegal search in the first place.
“I’ve been doing this for 20 something years and it’s never been a issue,” he said. “So this caught me completely by surprise.”
I think the biggest surprise is that a woman who kept 121 dogs in deplorable conditions is going to get any of them back. These dogs have extreme medical conditions and two have already died. Let’s hope that one piece of paper doesn’t stand in the way of getting justice for these dogs.