More than 100 dogs seized; Eastland authorities investigating puppy mill

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 5, 2013 in Rat News | Subscribe

Several Eastland residents who alleged were running an unsanitary puppy mill likely will have criminal charges filed against them soon, a city official said Wednesday.

On Monday, about 100 dogs of various breeds, eight pet rats and two tortoises were seized by Eastland city and county authorities, said Ron Holliday, Eastland city manager.

“We’re confident charges will be filed,” he said. “The case is still under investigation.”

Holliday said the department took the animals from two homes after the city received complainants about bad conditions. The seizures were part of a single operation, he said.

“They raised dogs for sale, and there were unfortunately a lot of problems to say the least,” Holliday said. “The conditions were extremely unsanitary. The dogs physical health seems to be related to neglect. There seems to be no signs of abuse.”

The animals are being housed on city property. Holliday said PetSmart Charities has delivered temporary kennels, food and supplies for the animals.

A city ordinance allows up to four animals in a residence, Holliday said.

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