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Puppies bred in filth may end up at dog alley

CANTON, TX (KLTV) - Authorities set their sights on shutting down the place where the dogs rescued Thursday may have been headed.

Authorities say that the puppies were bred in feces-filled filth, and they're certain many of those puppies ended up at Canton's First Monday Trade Days.

Deborah Dobbs with the SPCA of East Texas says she snapped photos of the alleged puppy miller, selling along what's been dubbed as "dog alley."

The city owns the Canton Trade Days property, but animals are not allowed there. Animal sales are allowed on private property. The owner of dog alley was not on-site and the office was closed.

Tim McLemee, owner of Mill Creek Trade Grounds across the street says most of his breeders are good breeders.

Canton Animal Control Officer Tom Perry says he patrols dog alley every First Monday weekend, checking up on the animals and the owners. He says the USDA also sends inspectors.

"They have to show proof of vaccination records. If there's any presence of disease or anything, it gets removed. We can only see what's in front of us and can't inspect people's homes," says Perry.

Stephanie Mosby is president of CLAW, the Citizens League for Animal Welfare. She and other rescue groups are planning to host Petapalooza every First Monday weekend. Mosby hopes to pull potential dog buyers from dog alley to adopt rescued foster dogs that have been properly cared for.

Perry says dog sales have actually gone down over the past few years. He says more sellers are turning to selling their dogs online.

Right now, no criminal charges have been filed in the recent Smith County dog seizure case.

The next Petapalooza event is scheduled for the First Monday weekend in June.

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