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Old 08-18-2009, 02:19 PM   #1
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Post [News] PRAIRIEVILLE, Texas - 600 Dogs seized in Kaufman Co.

600 dogs Seized in Kaufman Co.

The majority of them are Chihuahuas, poodles and other small-breed dogs.
The Humane Society and sheriff’s deputies seized almost 600 dogs and about 15 cats Tuesday afternoon from a suspected puppy mill in Kaufman County.

The society said it started investigating the kennel, which is located near Prairieville just north of Mabank, when someone came to them asking for dog food donations. Representatives visited and found poor living conditions and malnourished dogs.

See the conditions for yourself. Watch the second clip in the video player.

The animals seized Tuesday were examined to determine which ones needed medical attention.

Representatives said most of the dogs were living in their own waste and many were under fed. Three dogs died after being rescued and several others have skin or foot conditions.

The majority of them are Chihuahuas, poodles and other small-breed dogs (That means Yorkies).

Deputies said kennel owner, 72-year-old Margaret Boyd, faces animal cruelty charges.

Boyd told FOX 4 she is fighting to get the animals back. A court hearing is scheduled for Friday and both she and the Humane Society plan to ask for custody of the animals.

"If loving the animal is a criminal, then maybe I'm a criminal," she said. "Because I work 6 o'clock in the morning until 11:30 at night taking care of these animals."

Hear more from Boyd. Watch FOX 4 reporter Fil Alvarado's story in the video player.

Prairieville is about 50 miles southeast of Dallas.

600 Dogs, Cats Seized in Kaufman Co.

I hope each and every one of the dogs will find a loving home!
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:23 PM   #2
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OMG, Another one bites the Dust. DONT MESS WITH TEXAS. I hope the Judge throws the book at her.
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I hope people in Texas especially will write letters to the judge expressing their outrage at this inhumane treatment of these animals.

I am sorry but this woman is 72 years of age and I am sure it is her only income and that is why she will fight to get her dogs back and sorry to say the judge will probably give some of them back to her as they are property.
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GRR! I HATE hearing about these kind of stories...I just wish all of it will stop, but who knows how long that will take for people to stop doing these to poor dogs, and animals in general!

Thanks for posting it though! I'm glad that they got ALL of those poor dogs out of there...I just hope that they all, if not most of them, make it into loving homes! :-)
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This Judge in TX, just ruled in favor of the Humane Society a couple of months age,[News] Fort Worth Texas - 500 Dogs Taken from Kennel. I will be shocked if she gets them back. The other 76 year old lady did not.
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I am sad to see there is ANOTHER large kennel like this! I hope she does NOT get these dogs back. She is in way over her head to take care of that many dogs. And they said there are more being born every day.

I pray the judge does the right thing!
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That is just so sad, how can people do that to small little animals that just need someone to love and care for them. They are Human.
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I want to help! If you hear of any way that our rescue in Oklahoma can help, please let me know. Dallas is only about 4 hours from here. I want to foster one or more of these poor babies.
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This Judge in TX, just ruled in favor of the Humane Society a couple of months age,[News] Fort Worth Texas - 500 Dogs Taken from Kennel. I will be shocked if she gets them back. The other 76 year old lady did not.
Lets hope for the dogs sake this happens again.
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I want to help! If you hear of any way that our rescue in Oklahoma can help, please let me know. Dallas is only about 4 hours from here. I want to foster one or more of these poor babies.
My wife and I are UAN EARS volunteers, and we worked the temporary shelter set up at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds.

Most of the dogs are going to breed specific rescues (poodles, shi tzus, chihuahuas, etc). Many of them have already shipped out -- the rest are expected to be gone by Friday.

There were a few yorkies, but not a lot of them. My wife is still there, and I'll let her know that the Oklahoma Yorkie group stands ready to help -- she'll pass it along to the incident commander and shelter director.
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I hope people in Texas especially will write letters to the judge expressing their outrage at this inhumane treatment of these animals.

I am sorry but this woman is 72 years of age and I am sure it is her only income and that is why she will fight to get her dogs back and sorry to say the judge will probably give some of them back to her as they are property.
What's more important is that people in every state write their lesiglators and tell them that we *DEMAND* stronger rules to clamp down on puppy mills. There was a bill in the Texas Lesiglature that died earlier this year that would have made what this woman was doing a felony -- at best, it will be charged as a class A misdemeanor. It's actually unlikely that Mrs. Boyd will do any time.

If we want the culture of "dogs as livestock" to end, then we must no longer sit idly by.
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I am sad to see there is ANOTHER large kennel like this! I hope she does NOT get these dogs back. She is in way over her head to take care of that many dogs. And they said there are more being born every day.

I pray the judge does the right thing!
The judge (Johnny Perry, if you are looking to add to your Christmas Card list) ruled that she must forfeit all of the dogs. He ordered her to reimburse the HSUS and UAN for the cost of running the temporary shelter. He also ordered that any of the dogs that the Vets agreed (it takes 2 to agree) to euthanize be given that relief (thankfully, I think there is, maybe, 4-5 out of the 550+ dogs), and that *ALL* of the dogs be spayed or neutered as soon as possible.

She kept referring to the dogs as her "inventory" and "assets" during the trial, and Judge Perry mentioned that as he looked over the Tax records she entered into evidence, he didn't see any valuation of "inventory", so she may want to have a talk with a tax attorney. Given this ruling, she'll never own a dog again.

Just to give you an idea of what this place was like, I overheard one of the vets (Dr. O'Bryan from Tyler, a truly GREAT man) talking to one of the techs. She asked if it was true that none of the dogs tested positive for heartworm. He said that yes, it was true, and he wasn't surprised. The environment at the ranch was so bad, that it was unfit for mosquito larvae. Can you imagine how contaminated a place must be that it can't sustain mosquitos?
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Default Ok -- my last post about my time in Kaufman...

As a UAN EARS volunteer, my job was care and feeding of the animals. Basically, you go through the cages, you feed, then you come back and clean. Rinse, repeat.

As you go, you assess those that need immediate attention from the vets (again, amazing people). There is very little time per dog, but you find the time to hold them, to talk to them, to try and let them know that someone does really care.

On one of the cleaning runs, my partner was working a bottom cage with 2 yorkies. Suddenly, she stood up and told me to run and get a vet and disposable cat litter pan with a puppy pad in it.

When I got back to the cage, she reached up and gently set a newborn puppy into the cat pan. The vet arrived, and we figured out which one was the mom (as the vet said, "I don't think it's him"), and moved him into a cage of his own, then rushed the mom (who was starting to deliver another puppy) into the maternity area.

That afternoon, as we went through the cages, I visited the boy. He was so scared, and yet so sweet (licking my hand as I cleaned his cage). He truly touched me.

I left the shelter on Sunday (I had to go back to work), but my wife stayed behind. She called me on Monday to tell me that the boy had not been claimed by any rescue organizations, and did I want to adopt him. We got the paperwork filled out and set up. She bought a travel crate.

Fast forward to last night. Mrs. Boyd had been boarding 8 dogs among her "inventory", and the Judge had stated that the owners of those dogs had until 6:00 on Tuesday to claim them. A woman came forward at 5:45pm. She had the paper work, she had his microchip number. He was 3 months old -- he had been in this hideous place for 1/3 of his life. He was matted to the skin. But he was hers, and we had to release him to her.

Sorry about the maudlin post -- just needed to vent a little.
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I am so sorry you didn't get the little yorkie! Why in the world would you let a place like this board your baby?! I just don't get it!!!

I am glad that they have all gone to rescues. I know it must be hard to work something like this. I know that I would want to bring home as many as I could fit in my suv just to give them a good place to recuperate. Poor babies! I am so glad this lady can't have any of them back and sounds like she opened a whole new can of worms when she talked about "inventory" & "assets".
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To be fair to the owner, Mrs. Boyd had a pretty nice storefront in Mesquite (eastern suburb of Dallas) where she sold the dogs. She never let a customer, including boarders, come out to "Klassy Kennels".

But that's where my fairness to the owner ends. I mean, seriously, who boards a 2 month old puppy for a month? Ugh!
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