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According to WRCBtv in Chattanooga, neighbors often complained and knew something was going on, but the authorities didn't do anything.
"According to volunteers, many of the dogs were crammed five to a cage and standing in their own feces.Stop and think about that for a second. Beagles crammed five to a cage and standing in their own feces. Some barely alive. If this was a hoarding mill situation it would be bad enough. But if this was a puppy mill, these dogs were being sold. What were people buying? What kind of condition were these animals in? Were they being sold to regular dog owners, or hunters, or for research use?
"It tugs at your heart when you walk in there and you see people keeping animals like that. I mean it really does, makes you want to try and save them all," said Karen Maxwell, Volunteer.
Some of the dogs were taken to rescue centers, while others were being shipped straight to the animal hospital barely alive."
Puppy mills are bad news, guys. Bad bad news. Know who you are buying from and what you are buying before you do so.
SPCA of Bradley County announced Friday that the Humane Society of the United States would be helping care for the dogs. Now the dogs won't be available right away. HSUS and SPCA will assess the pups before they foster or adopt them out.
However, there are lots of dogs at the SPCA of Bradley County who need homes. They are also in need of supplies. They posted this on their Facebook page Friday that they desperately need these items:
Washing machine.They also need bowls, leashes and crates.
Office supplies, stapler, pens, highlighters, post it notes, copy paper, receipt books.
We also need vinegar, drum liner garbage bags, a wheel barrow or cart to haul laundry, we are out of paper towels, brooms and mops.
Can you help?
Please share this story with your fellow pet lovers, and any rescues you know. The more dogs that can be rescued from the shelter, the easier it will be to care for these puppy mill dogs.
You can donate directly to the SPCA of Bradley County, TN online HERE on their website.
Or through PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send money or supplies donations to them:
SPCA of Bradley County, TN
1570 Johnson Blvd SE
Cleveland, TN 37311
And you can call them at 423-790-1915.