A large number of dogs living in poor conditions have been discovered in Bloomingdale. PETA is now launching a criminal investigation into the owners.
VAN BUREN COUNTY, Michigan – A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspector found a variety of dogs living in poor conditions in a Van Buren County residential home.
The conditions at the Bloomingdale residence were discovered during a routine inspection on June 16. The report was finally released on Thursday.
According to the USDA report, there were 13 adult Collies, 8 Shelties, 4 Adolescent Collies, 2 Labrador Retrievers, a Rottweiler, and a French Bulldog in a single on-site animal shelter.
A zoo keeper stated that all 13 adult collies were housed in four of their outdoor enclosures and none of their enclosures were weatherproof.
In the report, the USDA inspector wrote that the structures were unlawful because they “should allow every animal in the shelter structure to sit, stand, lie and rotate normally” and “protect from rain”, wind and snow and are required for the comfort and welfare of the animals. “
The property owners have also tied two dogs in an enclosure, which is prohibited. They were attached to tree trunks with heavy chains.
The inspector asked the owner to fill his water bowl. The dogs reportedly drank 45 to 60 seconds straight.
The report also states that the owners do not clean up excrement from the outdoor enclosures.
PETA describes the location as a “puppy mill” or a location that houses several dogs for breeding and sales purposes. The organization is seeking a criminal investigation into the owners of the property.
“Most of the puppies sold in pet stores come from factories like this one, where dogs are treated like breeding machines, tied up like old bicycles and languishing in their own filth,” said Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA senior vice president.
“PETA wants those responsible to be prosecuted and urges everyone never to buy animals from the pet stores that keep these gruesome operations going.”
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