WEBSTER CO., GA (WALB) - UPDATE: Treatment continues for the dogs seized from a Webster County puppy mill on October 30.
Of 20 dogs kept by Terrell County after the seizure, officials with the Humane Society of Terrell County say 12 of the dogs are heart worm positive.
Oakland Vet Hospital in Lee County continues to care for the dogs.
Lucie Beeley with the Humane Society says most of the dogs still need more treatment.
“The rest are going to take a little bit more time. We have a lot of dogs that are heart worm positive, we have some that have dental issues, some that have eye lacerations, some that have some mobility issues,” says Beeley.
The good news of this is that a couple of healthy dogs have already been adopted.
If you would like to help these dogs, contact the Terrell County Animal Control at (229) 995-4410.
A puppy mill was shut down, and many dogs were seized, early Tuesday afternoon.
A total of 61 dogs were seized from the puppy mill operation, according to Martha Ann Coe, Terrell County Animal Control director.
“They were just frightened and they were scared but for the most part the seizure went very well,” said Coe.
Terrell County Animal Control is contracted with Webster County and lead seizure efforts, Coe said.
Officials received an anonymous tip about the mill operation, and arrived at the scene, in the 800 block of Pear Orchard Road, around 9:45 a.m.
Seizure of the dogs lasted until early Tuesday afternoon, Coe said, “because each dog had to be assessed one by one before being loaded."
“Several of the dogs onsite were already pregnant and there were dogs mixed in with other dogs in kennels,” said Coe.
“The majority of the dogs are covered in urine,” she said.
Dogs also were found with “pounds" of matted hair on their bodies, which made it difficult to tell the front and back of each dog.
“Conditions of the animals were deplorable,” said Coe.
Several diseases affecting the puppies' teeth, eyes and other organs are very likely, the Terrell County animal control director said.
“They all need further vet care,” Coe said. “We have no record of any vaccinations or rabies vaccinations.”
One dog was found dead on site, and the others were taken to the Terrell County Animal Shelter.
Donations are being sought to help care for the puppies.
“Anything that will help these dogs,” Coe said.
The Webster County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Agriculture Officials also assisted in the seizure.
The investigation into the puppy mill is ongoing.
This is a developing story and WALB will update as more information becomes available.
For more information on giving donations, contact Terrell County Animal Control at (229) 995-4410.