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Published:February 13th, 2009 11:20 EST
Tennessee Puppy Mill Raided

Tennessee Puppy Mill Raided

By SOP newswire2

The ASPCA`s best and brightest are currently on the ground in Sparta, TN, managing operations of a puppy mill raid that began Wednesday morning. Our forensic cruelty investigation team, led by Dr. Melinda Merck, ASPCA Senior Director of Veterinary Forensics, is evaluating dogs and collecting evidence for the future criminal prosecution of the puppy mill`s owners. Members of the ASPCA Disaster Response team and several of our legislative professionals are also assisting at the site.

More than 285 small-breed dogs "including Boston and Jack Russell terriers, Pomeranians, shih tzus, Chihuahuas, poodles, miniature pinschers and schnauzers "were recovered from multiple buildings on the raided property. According to Dr. Merck, the dogs are suffering from a general lack of basic care, such as little to no food or water, feces-encrusted pens and lack of proper ventilation in enclosed areas. Conditions such as matting, sores, mange, poor teeth and abscesses are widespread.  Dogs in critical condition were examined immediately on the scene and in the Mobile Animal CSI Unit, and those needing emergency care were transferred to local veterinarians who have volunteered their services.

Local officials became concerned about this particular puppy mill last September after a visitor to the property "someone who had intended to purchase a dog "alerted the White County Humane Society to the poor conditions of the animals. The White County Sheriff`s Department began a formal investigation, ultimately enlisting the ASPCA`s support for this week`s raid. Other parties assisting in the rescue include American Humane Association, Nashville Humane Association, several local veterinarians and PetSmart Charities, which provided the majority of sheltering supplies and an emergency relief vehicle.

Back in June, the ASPCA assisted in the raid of a puppy mill in Lyles, TN "the state`s largest raid to date. Thankfully, the Tennessee General Assembly is taking action to address the state`s puppy mill problem "last week, a consumer protection bill addressing large-scale commercial breeders was introduced in the Senate; introduction of a House companion bill is expected soon.

How can you help to ensure a safe future for dogs like these? When you donate today, you will help us in all of our life-saving efforts, including ones like the puppy mill raid in Tennessee.

To learn more about the Sparta raid, please visit our blog to see pictures of the puppies we rescued.


SOURCE:  ASPCA Newsletter