Living in their own filth inside urine soaked pens is how rescuers found 50 pregnant dogs and newborn puppies on Wednesday in a raid on a puppy mill in rural Texas.
The owner of the property is a convicted animal abuser who is forbidden from owning more than two dogs.
The case against Margaret (Peggy) Boyd began in August 2009 when Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) and Kaufman County law enforcement rescued 500 dogs from the Klassie Kennel run by Boyd and her husband. The animals were living in squalor and many of the puppies were dying.
Ultimately Margaret Boyd was convicted of animal cruelty and placed on probation that mandated how many dogs she could keep.
“She was not supposed to have more than two dogs, and those two dogs were supposed to have been spayed and neutered,” said Scotlund Haisley, president of ARC.
“Kaufman County will not tolerate this violation and we will continue to aggressively prosecute cases of animal cruelty,” said Deputy Daryl Landrum.
Since the conviction Monica Ailey, the Texas State Liaison for Animal Rescue Corps has kept a watchful eye on Boyd’s activity and when evidence surfaced that she may be running another puppy mill the organization contacted local authorities.
On the scene ARC rescuers pulled Chihuahuas, Malteses, Miniature Schnauzers and four litters of puppies less than a month old from “feces-laden enclosures with high levels of ammonia.”
Many of the dogs had no access to food or water and were suffering from malnutrition, hair loss and severe matting. Others were infested with fleas, had ear infections and open wounds. They were shaking and scared, having gone through a traumatic experience.
“It was really sad to see, but at the same time, I was relieved that we were there, and I was relieved that we could look into those dogs’ eyes and tell them that they don’t have to continue life as they know it now,” said Ailey.
All of the dogs have been examined by a veterinarian are being housed in an emergency shelter set up at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds. The shelter is in need of blankets, towels, puppy pads and food for volunteers.
ARC will provide the daily care of the animals until legal custody is determined and the dogs can be placed with shelters and rescue groups.
Meanwhile Margaret Boyd was taken into custody for breaking her probation.
“The term ‘puppy mill’ does not give witness to the horrors the breeding mothers endure,” said Haisley.
“They are considered machines whose puppies are nothing but products. It is our honor to promise these dogs their suffering has ended forever so close to Mother’s Day, when we celebrate maternal love and resilience.”
Photo from the Animal Rescue Corps
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