Over 50 puppers were rescued from an illegal puppy mill operating in Indiana.
This one isn’t for the faint of heart. A few of the images posted to Facebook are absolutely terrible and should be viewed with only by people with strong stomachs. You’ve been warned.
Last Thursday, police shut down a puppy mill in Loogootee, Indiana. The Martin County Sheriff’s office received a call from a concerned citizen Thursday morning, with officers arriving by late afternoon.
When they arrived, they spotted a dog lying dead on the floor from the main entrance. That’s when they got a search warrant and entered the property. What they saw was heartbreaking.
Dozens of dogs of all shapes, colors, and sizes were kept in cages without food or water. Many were covered in their own filth and straw that had probably never been changed. Some of the dogs were already dead in their cages, either from disease, malnourishment, or both.
In addition to the dogs, animal control officers also found several horses, mules, and donkeys in similar states of distress.
There were so many animals in need of immediate rescuing that officers contacted volunteers from the Martin County Humane Society to help out. Unfortunately, their small shelter can only house 14 dogs comfortably, and they were stuffed to the brim with 43 dogs after the puppy mill was shut down.
Between 30 and 50 additional dogs still needed to be rescued as of Friday morning. The shelter has no idea what to do with the horses and donkeys, and is asking for help from animal rescue organizations across the country.
"This is way beyond our tiny humane society and we are going to need all the help we can get,” the Martin County Humane Society wrote on their Facebook page. “This is one of the worst things we have ever seen."
About twenty more dogs had been rescued by Friday afternoon, but two needed emergency treatment.
At this time, the Humane Society is asking for donations to care for the dogs and help from larger organizations able to house, clean, and treat the rescued animals. They are specifically asking not to receive any messages regarding possible adoption as these animals are too sick and/or traumatized to be sent to any home, no matter how loving.
But you better believe they’ll be looking for homes soon, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
(Source: Wave3 News)