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Why you should know your breeder!

June 26th, 2008, 01:12 PM
LYLES, Tenn. Authorities yesterday began seizing nearly 700 dogs in what the Humane Society of the United States is calling the "largest puppy mill rescue ever conducted in Tennessee."

The dogs were taken from Pine Bluff Kennels on Ed Lyell Road in Hickman County, which sells a variety of dog breeds on the Internet. Investigators believe many of the dogs were not being properly cared for.

"We are looking at about 700 animals right now, maybe more will be added to that count," said Stephanie Shain, director of the Humane Society's Stop Puppy Mills campaign. "The conditions are extremely poor. They are typical of a breeding operation like this, what we call a puppy mill."

Shain said investigators saw "considerable buildup of feces in the cages." Many of the dogs did not have water. Shain said some dogs were "clearly suffering from illness or injury," such as skin conditions, eye injuries and broken bones. It's believed that many dogs were never let out of their cages.

Shain said puppy mill dogs typically are sold at prices from $150 to $1,000.

"It is likely that no one who ever purchased a puppy from this operation saw these conditions," Shain said.

Selling puppies on the Internet allows breeding operations to remain out of sight from potential buyers, Shain said. She estimated that there are more than 10,000 "puppy mills" operating in the U.S.

The rescue was set in motion by the Humane Society, which received tips from residents. Kim Helper, district attorney for Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson counties, had investigators build a case against the puppy mill operator, who has not been identified or charged.

Shain said other animals were kept at the 92-acre property, including ponies, goats and birds. Approximately 60 volunteers were involved in the rescue.

"Our primary concern right now, and what we're focusing on, is assuring that those animals are taken care of properly that they're evaluated to assure that they receive any necessary treatment," Helper said. "And once we have taken care of those animals, at that point our office will look at whether or not we need to file any criminal charges."

The owner of Pine Bluff Kennels could face numerous animal cruelty charges, including aggravated animal cruelty, a class E felony that carries a possible two-year prison sentence, according to Helper.

Humane Society officials said it would take hours to transport and catalog all the animals, and didn't expect to finish until this morning.

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Elizabeth Ann
June 26th, 2008, 01:56 PM
2 years - what a crock of poo.

June 26th, 2008, 02:10 PM
May he roast in hell, this man !! :evil::censored:
I just wish people would educate themselves better before buying puppies from the internet and petstores. It's a vicious circle and will never end, as long as mass production of puppies is common practice. :frustrated::wall::confused:

June 26th, 2008, 07:06 PM
An updated story.....

Authorities said the raid at the farm of Patricia Adkisson was the largest in Tennessee's history. The investigation was so massive, officials said it could take a couple of days.

About 700 animals were found at Pine Bluff Kennels. Officials called it a puppy mill. Most of the dogs were smaller breeds.

Officials and volunteers found about 200 puppies. The rest of the dogs were used for breeding.

The Humane Society was called in on Wednesday to help with removing the animals and to assess their health.

The animals will be taken to a nearby facility to be housed until an investigation is completed.

All of the animals were housed in various buildings throughout the 92-acre property. Many of them were without water and living in cages covered in feces.

Some of the dogs were dead, and others were close, officials said.

"Skin conditions, eye injuries and broken bones," said District Attorney General Kim Helper.

Adkisson was charged in 1998 with 195 counts of animal neglect and cruelty after police and animal officials said they found hundreds of malnourished dogs and puppies on her property.

Three convictions stemming from the 1998 charges were overturned in 2001 when an appeals court found that police had improperly searched her property, which violated her constitutional rights.

Helper said she didn’t want what happened in the last case to happen again.

"We want to make sure that if criminal charges are filed in this case that we have a successful prosecution," she said.

No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed, but both could be on the way after all of the animals are evaluated.

"This was something that was way beyond what we were capable of handling," said a local official.

The Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped to arrange the manpower for the raid and housing for all the animals.

There is no animal control in Hickman County, so the animals will be kept at the temporary shelter.

If charges are filed and if the owner relinquishes ownership, a lot of the dogs will have to be placed with local and national chapters of the Humane Society.

Officials said that a lot of the puppies were sold on the Internet, so a lot of the people who bought the puppies had no idea the conditions from which they came.

The Humane Society said that when you buy a puppy, make sure you know where it comes from.

The owner of Pine Bluff Kennels could face one criminal count for each animal. Cats, goats, donkeys, horses and parrots were also found on the property.

Puppy mills are a violation of Tennessee's animal cruelty laws.

June 26th, 2008, 07:11 PM
If you read the story - you will see that the kennel owner has been charged before - that time she had 200 dogs removed from her property.

An interesting little tidbit of information - in the U.S., kennels of this size selling puppies is supposed to be licensed by the USDA and inspected on a regular basis. While this system is dismal, it is the only system we have. This kennel was NOT registered with the USDA, therefore under the radar - so to speak.

June 26th, 2008, 07:14 PM
I'm sitting here crying tears of rage, frustration and sadness............. Looking at these images makes me ashamed to belong to the human race. Maybe it's because one of my dogs was a breeder dog at a puppymill and lived under horrible conditions. I just don't get it....... how can people be so cruel. :confused::cry::wall: