So glad they are out. Texas has been freeing many Cavaliers
Houston SPCA provides shelter to dogs seized in puppy mill raid
01:35 PM CDT on Monday, May 11, 2009
By Brad Woodard / 11 News] Authorities in McLennan County are calling it one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they’ve ever seen. Sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers there have seized roughly 150 puppies found living in deplorable conditions at an alleged puppy mill in Waco.
The dogs, mostly rat terriers and Cavalier King Charles, were apparently found living in several inches of their own feces. Authorities say some were even found living in cages typically used to house rabbits and their food placed on top of previously dispensed food that was molding and decaying.
Animal control officers say they also discovered a barrel full of dead puppies on the same property.
As many as 32 dogs and puppies from the facility are being transferred to the Houston SPCA, which hopes to intervene and provide a happy ending to what has until now been a miserable existence.
The Houston SPCA says it has foster families standing by to help the youngest dogs. The other 100 plus animals are being housed at the Waco Humane Society. That organization is also seeking foster families to help out.
The seizure comes as a new bill is pending in the State House. That measure would hold commercial breeders with more than 11 dogs or cats accountable for basic humane standards by Texas laws.
The bill directs the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to establish criteria for licensing breeders and dealers, including background checks. It would also limit the maximum number of breeding dogs or cats to 50 at any single facility and prohibit the selling or transferring of any animals under 12 weeks of age.