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cy1266
9th November 2007, 05:46 PM
I saw this article in the Chicago Tribune today...it mentions that CKCS were one of the breeds that this BYB had, and that most of the dogs will be sent to shelters on the East Coast. Will Cavalier Rescue be taking any of these dogs/puppies?

1,000 puppies taken from breeder

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Three puppies that appear to be a Maltese mix share a cage in Hillsville, Va., at Horton's Pups, a dog breeding operation that specializes in small breeds. Carroll County officials have summoned help from state emergency officials and the Red Cross to care for 1,000 puppies found at the commercial dog breeding operation targeted by the Humane Society of the United States. (Associated Press / November 6, 2007)



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RICHMOND, Va. - A dog breeding operation that was home to more than 600 breeding females is now the site of a huge rescue operation, with the owner agreeing to relinquish nearly 1,000 dogs for treatment and possible adoption.

Hundreds of puppies, mostly small, purebred varieties such as pugs, corgis and King Charles spaniels were taken to an emergency operations center staffed by volunteer veterinarians, Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe said Thursday.

He estimated that as many as 120 people are involved at any given time, and said the pet store chain PetSmart sent a tractor-trailer load of supplies.
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"I'm not sure what we would have done with 1,000 dogs otherwise," he said.

The dog breeding operation was uncovered by the Humane Society of the United States during a five-month investigation into so-called "puppy mills" in Virginia. Local animal rights groups made sure the county was aware of the report, and the county then asked for state help.

Many of the dogs were discovered in cages made of wire fencing and wood framing, said the Humane Society's John Snyder. The animals largely appeared to be in good shape, Larrowe said, although many were denied the socialization that produces good pets.

Junior Horton, the owner of the breeding operation, has been breeding dogs for more than 20 years, he told authorities, and had a license to have as many as 500 dogs.

Earlier this week, Horton called the effort to remove dogs from his farm "dognapping." He said, "They just come in on me out of the blue."

"I've got the best kennel in southwest Virginia," he said.

In negotiations with county officials, Horton will keep 200 dogs and will secure the proper licensing and comply with federal laws for dog breeders, Larrowe said.

He could eventually face charges that include animal cruelty, but he has cooperated as authorities work to remove the dogs from his farm, treat them and send them on to shelters.

Animal shelters up and down the East Coast are preparing for arrivals.

The dogs, once cleared for release, will be sent to shelters from as far away as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to upstate New York, Snyder said. ------ On the Net: Carroll County Puppy Mill: http://gov.carrollcountyva.org/animalcontrol/ Virginia Partnership for Animal Welfare and Support: http://www.vapaws.org Humane Society of the United States: http://www.hsus.org AP-CS-11-08-07 2231ESTƒo

Spencer'sMom
9th November 2007, 08:27 PM
Two cavaliers were taken to the shelter that's right near my office in Washington, DC. I've been chatting with a lady I know at Lucky Star and offered to go get them out if the Washington Animal Rescue League will surrender them.

Debby with a Y
9th November 2007, 08:32 PM
Wow, I wonder if any Cavaliers will come to Fort Lauderdale, they say that some animals will come here. Our Humane Society has always been awesome in taking in huge numbers of animals in crisis (i.e. after Katrina) so it is no surprise to read about it. I've previously volunteered to Lucky Star and to CKCSC Rescue to help with transport. This story breaks my heart but it is just one of how many of such operations? :mad:

EDIT: HSBC posted this press release (http://www.humanebroward.com/Mill07.htm) (clicky). They are already on the way.

More edit: I just e-mailed Cav Rescue and Lucky Star and reminded them that I am available for transport. I live two miles from HSBC. Any Cavs available for adoption will be snapped up immediately from this shelter, but pregnant or nursing moms need to go into foster. If they need my help I am THERE.

barrca
10th November 2007, 10:02 AM
It's sad that they are letting him keep 200 dogs =(
In a few years he will have 1000 again because he doesnt see how inhumane it is =(

Karlin
10th November 2007, 10:29 AM
Good job those of you who might be able to help and are getting yojur names in!

On returning the dogs -- yes it is depressing. On the other hand another article I read said that the number was the issue, not the care of the dogs -- they are caged and kenneled but not badly neglected. If he is licensed they have little choice but to return the dogs. A situation that makes me angry still is the one with the woman from Idaho now a convicted FELON for fraud regarding selling cavaliers and has been charged many times with animal cruelty which she has always successfully bargained down to small fines. And the feds made no prohibition on her for selling and keeping dogs. I am told she now has over 100 crammed into a residential house again and she simply jumped state to Washington (see thread pinned at top of he General News section).

JaneB
10th November 2007, 04:58 PM
I just received an update and there are indeed Cavs in the mix. My source has said that the miller has voluntarily given them up so they will be distributed to several rescue and humane organizations - and soon. Just who and where is still being worked out. If I hear anything more definitive I'll be sure to post that info.

barrca
10th November 2007, 11:07 PM
Ya Karlin, i've heard that too.
She lives about an hr south of me down I-5.
Makes me sick.

Debby with a Y
11th November 2007, 12:52 AM
Lucky Star contacted Humane Society near me and they didn't pick up any Cavaliers. But Lucky Star has been reminded that I am ready and willing to do transport should the need arise.