16 February 2011

Puppy mill dogs found living in 2 feet of waste

After neighbors complained about the constant barking and awful smells coming from a house in Ohio, Mary Jo Johnson (acting humane officer for the Medina County SPCA) was horrified by what confronted her.

"All you saw were dogs. Dogs on the counter-tops. Dogs on top of cabinets. Feces and garbage about 24 inches deep on the first level.”

The owners of the property, Glenda Curtis 54 and her daughter Danielle Tschappat 27, were allegedly trying to make money from selling the puppies – a mixture of Yorkshire Terriers, West Highland Terriers, schnauzers and poodles, all of which can be sold for hundreds of dollars each. A total of 118 live dogs were removed from the property, 5 more were found dead, and a further 5 puppies were born the next day at the SPCA. The rescuers found a total of ten dogs in one cage, no evidence of food or water bowls at the home, and revealed that the malnourished animals were fed uncooked rice and raw kale.

Curtis and Tschappat who were hoping to provide ‘designer’ dogs to the public, face 20 charges of animal cruelty and failing to provide adequate food and water, second degree misdemeanors which hopefully will result in jail time.

Stephanie Moore, executive director of the SPCA said the case is ‘classic animal hording’ and that they were treating it like a ‘natural disaster.’ She continued by saying some of the dogs will be ready for adoption at the end of the week. “They really are friendly animals, all of them. They like to be around people. We won’t find any trouble finding homes for them.”

The house has since been barricaded after being deemed ‘uninhabitable.’

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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