Nearly 100 dogs were seized from a puppy mill in Salem County, New Jersey yesterday. Humane officers say the small breed dogs, mostly daschunds, Yorkshire Terriers and Chinese cresteds, were living in substandard conditions on a farm in Monroeville.
The removal of the dogs followed several inspections by local authorities, who had attempted to persuade the breeder to improve the facility's standards of animal care, according to the Humane Society of the United States, which participated in the raid.
Many of the dogs were suffering from severe skin, eye and dental infections and many were matted with feces. Some dogs who were in need of immediate veterinary attention were transported to an emergency veterinary clinic. The operator of the facility surrendered the animals to the New Jersey SPCA.
"Over the last 30 days, officers from the NJSPCA have visited this location on several occasions, and have attempted to work with the owner to improve the welfare of the animals on the property," said Col. Frank Rizzo, superintendent of the NJSPCA. "Unfortunately, despite repeated visits, and despite charging the owner with eight counts of animal cruelty, the situation just never improved.
The dogs belonged to Louanne Koval, 74, a breeder for more than 40 years. Koval Kennel sold dogs through classified ads and the Internet.
The dogs are being transferred to local animal shelters throughout the region. The shelters will evaluate the dogs, address their medical and health needs, and place them for adoption.