HSUS Uncovers Massive VA. Puppy Mill
VIRGINIA - Last week we told you about a report from the Humane Society of the United States that described the conditions of Virginia's numerous puppy mills.
As a result of that report, Virginia authorities have rescued nearly 1,000 dogs from one of the largest reported operations – 600 of those animals were breeding females.
The breeder agreed to relinquish many of the animals for treatment and possible adoption.
The AP reports that the animals seem to be in fairly good shape – although, dogs rescued from puppy mills typically have psychological and social issues.
Owner Junior Horton claims he's been breeding dogs for two decades, and holds a license to have as many as 500.
Horton described the state's arrival on his property as dognapping, claiming he has the best dog breeding operation in southwest Virginia.
Authorities will allow Horton to keep 200 of the dogs as well as the required federal licensing for breeders. He could face animal cruelty charges, but authorities say so far he has complied with their requests.
As for the rescued dogs, East Coast shelters are preparing to receive them, and determine which can be adopted.
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