120 Dogs Rescued Near DC From 'Deplorable' Conditions
Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 04:09 PM EDT
Approximately 120 dogs and four parrots have been rescued from "extremely neglectful" conditions at a breeding facility two hours west of Washington DC.
Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Page County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control in the Thursday rescue. The rescued dogs were both adults and newborn litters, found crowded into small, crates and pens in conditions that were deemed "deplorable" by the Virginia State Veterinarian, ARC said, noting that several dogs did not have access to clean water or adequate shelter. Temperatures on Thursday were forecast to reach 86 degrees.
"Animals have been suffering from various untreated illnesses on this property for an extended period of time. The conditions were very typical of a puppy mill where animals are treated as nothing more than breeding machines," said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. "A lot of suffering ended here today and I commend Page County Sheriff's Office, Animal Control, and County Attorney for acting quickly and working with Animal Rescue Corps to save these lives."
This case began when ARC received a tip about alleged neglect of the dogs.
ARC removed the animals and transported them to an emergency shelter where each animal will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. A court will determine custody of the animals; if custody is awarded to ARC they will be placed with the shelter and rescue organizations around the country.