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South Georgia dogs still looking for a home

Marbles is blind in one eye. Still looking for a home Marbles is blind in one eye. Still looking for a home
One of the dogs still looking for a home One of the dogs still looking for a home
Charged with running a puppy mill operation Charged with running a puppy mill operation
Dog still looking for a home Dog still looking for a home

A few dogs rescued two weeks ago Thursday from what investigators called a puppy mill in Worth County are still looking for homes. The Humane Society in Sylvester got outstanding response from our viewers after we did the story.  

Now, only four of the dogs rescued two weeks ago remain at the Best Friends Humane Society waiting good homes.  

"Marbles is four and he's blind, he needs a special home, somebody that is going to love him and care for him," said Shelly Mcphaul, Shelter Director, Best Friends Humane Society.  

Seeing Marbles' condition makes Sherri Hendley and other staff members at the Humane Society want to let you know how to spot a puppy mill and perhaps save a dog's life.  

"Things that people in the neighborhoods need to look for are storage trailers,storage buildings back off the roadway with no windows, no doors, a lot of excessive barking," said Sherri Hendley, Shelter Director, Best Friends Humane Society.  

Lewis Hillard, was charged with one felony and one misdemeanor, he has been accused of running a puppy mill where 54 dogs were living in deplorable conditions.   

"I think in some ways he didn't really realize what he was doing and in other ways he had to have known that he wasn't doing the right things for the animals," said Sherri.  

18 of those rescued dogs had to be euthanized.  

"As an an individual just in society it upsets you, makes you sad, makes you a little bit angry, but as a professional in this industry you know it's something that we see often," said Sherri.  

The good news is shelter already found homes for 32 of the rescued dogs.  

"It's amazing, it gives you goose bumps just thinking about, ok we went in here and did this and we were able to save this many dogs," said Sherri.  

And ultimately placing the animals in the hands of owners who truly care about their welfare. If you are interested in adopting Marbles or any of the animals at the animal shelter you can call 229-777-7774

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