Puppy Mill Bust in Page County

Luray, VA - The Page County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control along with help from Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) in the rescue of approximately 120 dogs and four parrots found living in extremely neglectful conditions at a puppy mill at a home in Page County. All of the animals were seized by the Page County Sheriff’s Office.

Adult dogs as well as newborn litters of puppies were found crowded into small, crates and pens. The conditions were deemed deplorable by the Virginia State Veterinarian. Several dogs did not have access to clean water or adequate shelter in temperatures set to reach 86 degrees today. 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. The parrots were living in extremely dirty cages, exposed to high levels of ammonia and without access to adequate water.

“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,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “A lot of suffering ended here today and I commend Page County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control, and County Attorney for acting quickly and working with Animal Rescue Corps to save these lives.”

This case began when ARC received a tip concerning the alleged neglect of the dogs. Documentation brought by ARC to the Page County Sheriff’s Office revealed several violations of county and state cruelty codes.

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

ARC safely removed the animals from the property and transported them to an emergency shelter set up by ARC for this rescue, dubbed Operation Liberty Dogs. Each animal will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care until the court determines custody of the animals. If the animals are awarded to ARC they will be placed with shelter and rescue organizations around the country that will ultimately adopt them into loving homes.

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