Wednesday, October 1, 2008

More Dogs Rescued In Puppy Mill Raid

From The Montreal Gazette:
MONTREAL - Animal health inspectors have raided a second puppy mill in less than a week, seizing 157 dogs and one cat Wednesday from a facility in the Lanaudière.

"There were animals everywhere," said Alanna Devine, head of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Montreal. "They were in cages, in (dog) runs, in the house. These places are all the same."

She would not say exactly where the puppy mill was located, but the animals have been taken to the SPCA Montreal, where an emergency shelter has been set up in what is normally a dog training school.

Well over 200 dogs are being housed there now, since many of the 118 dogs seized in Rawdon Friday are also there.

The owner of 70 dogs seized last week has given up legal claim to them, and they will be available for permanent adoption "within a few days," Devine said.

The 157 dogs seized Wednesday are still being medically evaluated, she said. "They're getting food, water and love and care."

The newly seized dogs seem to be purebreeds, she said. They include shitzhus, great Danes, Bernese mountain dogs, cocker spaniels, rottweilers, St. Bernards, German shepherds, miniature pinschers and standard poodles.

The second raid in a week proves the need more public awareness about puppy mills and for more government action on animal cruelty, she said.

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