Puppy Mills

Puppy Mills

 

  • Hoarding incidents such as “Puppy mill” cases present a challenge for investigators and prosecutors do to the recent increase in mass breeding operations across the United States.
  • Puppy mills contain dogs that are being bred and housed in small cages often with several animals being confined within a very small space. The dogs go on to mature and due to their living conditions often develop physical and behavioral issues due to lack of food, socialization and veterinarian care.
  • The females are impregnated several times, resulting in over-breeding causing severe physical issues with the offspring. The puppies are usually sold within pet stores or at pet auctions.
  • There is a large financial burden attached to seizing and processing such a large number of animals. Therefore it is beneficial that law enforcement utilize local, state and national organizations to assist with the care of these animals.
  • It is also important to know the law in Georgia regarding Title 4 Disposal Actions so that the animal(s) may be transferred from one owner to a local animal care facility or protection agency.
  • Prosecutors should charges for animal neglect as well as tax evasion.
  • The EPA may need to be notified of the condition of the property where the operation is taking place because there could be violations there as well.

Puppy mill

 

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