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9/26/07-Upshur County

More Than 240 Dogs Seized From Puppy Mill

They were living in their own filth and they were not being cared for, that is how Maura Davies of the SPCA of Texas describes the scene she saw.

"It's the worst I've seen in years," she said.

Cage after cage, kennel after kennel, dogs and puppies were found underfed, neglected and malnourished on a piece of property just outside of Gladewater.

"It's extremely disgusting," said Davies.  "There's feces everywhere, there's junk everywhere.  The animals are just living in the most horrid conditions I can imagine." 

Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Boston Terriers, other small breeds of dog were locked up and used for breeding in a puppy mill--one of the worst Upshur County officials say the have ever seen.

"This is the first time I've seen any situation when there's this many dogs in one place," said Upshur County Sheriff Anthony Betterton.  "You hear of puppy mills everyday but you never really expect it until you come out to a situation like this."

More than 240 dogs were found all over the property.  Some dogs were already dead and others were saved in the nick of time because someone stumbled across the surprising sight.  

Upshur County officials say a man discovered the dogs when he came to the property looking to buy a camper trailer, but what he saw prompted him to get some food for all the mistreated animals.

"Hopefully, at the end of the day, every one of these dogs will be going to a place where they can be taken care of and built back up," said Sheriff Betterton.

The SPCA of Texas had that same hope as they carried dog after dog away from the property to where officials say they can get the proper care they need.   

"The way it seems to me is that the individuals that owned this property and was taking care of these dogs were looking out for greed, money, and whatever they could make off of these animals," said Betterton.  "That's just totally embarrassing.  It's uncalled for and it's inhumane."

More than 240 animals saved today and countless animals rescued from years of abuse.

Layron Livingston, KLTV 7 News. llivingston@kltv.com

For more information on how to support the SPCA of Texas in their effort to help abused animals, click the Know More On 7 link, and click on the SPCA link. 

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