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Confiscated dogs come to Albany

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two dozen dogs confiscated from a breeder in Southeast Georgia are at the Albany Humane Society tonight.

Humane Society workers were called in to assist the Department of Agriculture and the Appling County Sheriff's Office after the breeder agreed to give up the animals.

Her license was expired, and the animals were living in filth. The state is working to make sure she'll never get a license to breed animals again.

Small cages, filthy living conditions and untreated illnesses. That's just some of what Albany Humane Society Director Donna Strickland witnessed when she went to Appling County last week to rescue 24 dogs from a puppy mill.

"It certainly was not a good situation for the animals," Strickland said.

Shelter Operations Manager Tonni King went along with Strickland to get the dogs.

"It was very sad," she said. "Very small cages, more than one to a cage, just wasn't clean."

The dogs act as though they haven't had very much contact with humans. They scare easily and have bitten workers out of fear.

"They're just scared, they're terrified. You don't even think they've been handled by the way they act."

Appling County Sheriff's Investigators tell us 60-year-old Elwanda Plair signed a consent order for the Department of Agriculture allowing the dogs to be relinquished. She was charged with one count of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. Two of the dogs are currently being treated at Leesburg Animal Hospital by Veterinarian Haley Hydrick.

"It breaks my heart. It's sad for them," Hydrick said. "There has to be an improved standard of care for these animals. Anytime you're dealing with something that's living, there has to be a standard of care."

One of the dogs that was rescued from that puppy mill had an eye injury that apparently was left untreated. Now, he'll have to undergo daily medication to hopefully prevent it from getting any worse.

And the remaining animals will undergo extensive treatments too.

"A lot of them are sick with severe ear infections and they were well fed, they're not underfed by any means, but all 24 we have are heart worm positive so just the expenses just to try and save their lives to get them adopted is going to be outrageous for us."

But it's an expense they'll take to try to get these dogs health and into good homes.

The Humane Society is asking for donations to help with the treatment of the animals.

If you want to help, call 229-888-1677.

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