Almost 1,000 dogs were rescued from a dog breeding operation in Virginia.
The dogs, mostly small, purebred varieties such as pugs, corgis and King Charles spaniels, were living in horrible conditions. The owner agreed to relinquish the dogs and have them treated and put up for adoption.
The dog breeding operation was uncovered when the Humane Society of the United States conducted a five month investigation into commercial dog breeders. The organization found that only 16 of more than 900 commercial dog breeders in Virginia have federal licenses to operate.
Some of the dogs may have various medical conditions including kennel cough and heartworm. They have been taken to an animal shelter in Fairfax, and they will be examined. If they are healthy, they will be put up for adoption.
The dog breeding operation owner was allowed to keep 200 dogs and he must obtain proper licensing and abide by federal laws for dog breeders.
He could also face charges that include animal cruelty.
One man who wants to adopt one of the dogs said, “Anything they can do to take care of the animals and find them a good safe home, I think, it’s better than being in bad conditions. It does rip our hearts out. But what a gift we have that we can save these lives and now we need the community to come together and help us finish this rescue.”
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