NEW: Authorities Raid Puppy Mill

Posted: July 3, 2014

Daily News-Record

Authorities seized more than 100 dogs from a puppy mill in Page County this morning, according to a press release.

The raid, dubbed Operation Liberty Dogs, was conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based Animal Rescue Corps and the Page County Sheriff’s Office.

About 120 dogs and four parrots were found living in “extremely neglectful conditions” at a breeding facility in Page County on Mills Creek Crossroads, according to ARC.

“Animals have been suffering from various untreated illnesses on this property for an extended period of time. The conditions were very typical of a puppy mill where animals are treated as nothing more than breeding machines,” ARC President Scotlund Haisley said in a prepared statement. “A lot of suffering ended here today.”

Authorities say adult dogs and newborn puppies  were found crowded into small crates and pens. They said the Virginia state veterinarian deemed the conditions deplorable.

Police say several dogs did not have access to clean water or adequate shelter in temperatures set to reach 86 degrees today. 

They said the dogs were "suffering from untreated, painful eye infections, respiratory conditions, dental issues, severe matting that limited their mobility and vision and urine-soaked fur."

ARC officials said the parrots were living in dirty cages, didn't have adequate water and were exposed to high levels of ammonia.

The investigation began when ARC received a tip about the neglect of the dogs. 

“Page County takes allegations of animal cruelty very seriously,” said Page County Sheriff John Thomas, in a press release. “These animals needed our help immediately so we didn’t hesitate to accept the assistance of Animal Rescue Corps and take action.”

Thomas said charges will be filed.

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