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Old 03-04-2009, 05:05 AM   #1
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Default Atlanta, Georgia Puppy Mill Bust included yorkies

Dogs Taken from Puppy Mill

Dogs Taken from Puppy Mill - WSB News on wsbradio.com

By Jon Lewis
March 4, 2009 7:01 AM

(WSB Radio) The Atlanta Humane Society is taking care of more than 140 dogs confiscated from a kennel in Cherokee County.

"Apparently the woman was old and could not take care of the animals anymore," says Kari Bogison, with the Humane Society, "so she just surrendered the animals to us."

The dogs, 143 in all, are all pure breeds and range from yorkies to boston terriers.

They're being examined and Bogison says they should soon know when the dogs will be available for adoption.

"They're pretty filthy, they all need baths," Bogison says, "but it's not as bad as some puppy mills we've visited before."
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Fantastic! 143 dogs will have real lives because of this bust. Thanks for posting this!
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Another one bites the dust!!!!
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YAY! Hearing these stories always makes me want to get into yorkie rescue. Maybe one day! Thank god these little babies will now have a real chance to have good forever homes!
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This looks like a second Georgia bust this week - but they are somehow connected mills

Hall humane society gives shelter to 57 dogs from alleged puppy mill

Hall humane society gives shelter to 57 dogs from alleged puppy mill
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By Debbie Gilbert
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POSTED March 5, 2009 10:54 p.m.


The Humane Society of Hall County has given shelter to 57 purebred dogs that were seized this week from an alleged puppy mill in Cumming.


“The (Georgia Department of Agriculture) doesn’t have a shelter for this type of thing, and they asked if they could bring the dogs here,” said humane society president Rick Aiken. “We were lucky we just happened to have room at our shelter. Usually we don’t.”


The dogs, which arrived Wednesday afternoon, are all small breeds: Yorkshire terriers, dachshunds, poodles, papillons, shih tzus, Pekingese, schnauzers, miniature pinschers and chihuahuas.


“Small dogs are just what most people are looking for these days,” Aiken said. “These are some nice-looking little dogs, and most of them seem pretty sociable.”


Aiken said he didn’t think the breeders were deliberately cruel. “These animals weren’t being starved,” he said. “But they were somewhat neglected because the breeders had gotten in over their heads (financially) and couldn’t take care of them.”


Venessa Sims-Green, manager of the Georgia agriculture department’s animal protection section, said the dogs were taken from a kennel on Oak Grove Circle in Cumming, owned by Heather Duckett.


“(Duckett) had a license to sell animals at the Pendergrass flea market, but she did not have a license to house dogs at her home location,” Sims-Green said.


Duckett also is indirectly connected to another neglect case earlier this week.


On Tuesday, agriculture officials seized 134 dogs from a puppy mill in Cherokee County and turned them over to the Atlanta Humane Society. Authorities were responding to a complaint about a sick dog purchased from the Pendergrass flea market.


The dog had sarcoptic mange, a serious skin disease that usually is a sign of neglect. Inspectors visited the kennel where the dog was bred and found unsanitary conditions. Co-owner Garnelee Richards agreed to surrender 134 dogs to the state.


While investigating Richards’ case, inspectors became aware of Duckett’s involvement. “She was brokering animals for the Richards kennel, which may have led to the spread of mange (from one kennel to another),” Sims-Green said.


Duckett’s license to sell animals at the flea market was shared by Mary Reynolds of Jasper.


“Reynolds also co-owned some of the animals on Duckett’s property,” Sims-Green said.


She said it was Reynolds who agreed to surrender the dogs from Duckett’s kennel. Reynolds also has her own business, K&T Kennels, in Pickens County. It does have a state license, but the license expires March 31.


Sims-Green said she didn’t know whether Reynolds’ license will be renewed. No evidence of neglect has been found at K&T Kennels.
Sims-Green also didn’t know whether any charges would be filed against Duckett. “That would have to be handled locally,” she said.


She said investigators found a number of problems at Duckett’s kennel.


“There were issues with ventilation, sanitation and humane care, with some of the dogs having severe matting,” she said. “Also, excess fecal matter and urine had soaked through the enclosures.”


But Aiken said the dogs are surprisingly healthy considering the environment they had been living in.


“They need some grooming and teeth cleaning, and some may be treated for ear infections or parasites,” he said.


All of the dogs will be spayed or neutered, and all will be given medicine to prevent them from developing mange, Aiken said.


“We (the humane society) will be footing the bill for this,” he said. “So our adoption fee will be higher than usual, to compensate for the added expense.”


The dogs are quarantined now and not available for public viewing, but Aiken said most of them probably will be ready to put up for adoption within 10 days.


Though the majority of the dogs are adults, Aiken said there also are a few puppies.


“We’ve got some 4-month-old dappled dachshund puppies that are just as cute as they can be,” he said. “Our staff spent all day (Thursday) getting all these dogs bathed and groomed, and they’re looking a lot prettier now.”
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Is there a way to contact where they might have placed the dogs? I have a friend that would like a yorkie for her and her husband's companionship. They prefer not to have a puppy.
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well, I checked one address by

4942 old dixie hwy springfield ga 31324

by map/street view and saw the sign of puppy mill.

Is anybody from local would like to check/report that place?
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Humane society takes 'puppy mill' adoption applications Friday

Humane society takes 'puppy mill' adoption applications Friday

Dogs seized in Cumming may come with health issues

By Debbie Gilbert
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UPDATED March 24, 2009 11:06 p.m.

The Humane Society of Hall County will begin taking applications Friday from people wishing to adopt dogs seized from a Cumming "puppy mill" in early March.

"We’ve had such a huge volume of calls about these dogs, so we’re setting up procedures to try to keep things from getting out of hand," humane society president Rick Aiken said.

Potential adopters must be at least 18 years old, and they each may apply for only one dog. Because of limited space, applicants are asked not to bring other people along with them.

People can start lining up Friday morning at the humane society adoption center on West Ridge Road.

Aiken said there will be as many as 55 dogs available, depending on their health. A few are still undergoing medical treatment and may not be ready for adoption yet.

Applicants must fill out a questionnaire, present a photo ID, and pay a $50 deposit by cash or check. The deposit will be applied to the adoption fee.

Each person who applies will be given an appointment time between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday based on their number. If they fail to show up, they forfeit their deposit.

Each applicant will have one hour to view the dogs and make a selection. If they do not see a dog they want, their deposit will be refunded. If they choose a dog, they will pay an additional $150 on top of their deposit, payable by cash, check or credit card.

Aiken said adopters should understand what they’re getting into.

"These are high-maintenance dogs," he said. "Some have health problems that will require treatment. Some will need regular grooming. We will be as up-front as possible to people about the health issues that each dog has."

Aiken said that these dogs will need to live indoors, because they are all small breeds such as Yorkies, poodles, Chihuahuas and dachshunds.

Aiken said the humane society felt it was necessary to set up strict adoption procedures because other metro Atlanta humane shelters have experienced chaotic situations when they put dogs seized from puppy mills up for adoption.

For more information, call the humane society at 770-532-6617.
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