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Cherokee County community sends help for 357 dogs seized in puppy mill raid

Donations and gifts for the 357 puppy mill dogs flooded in this week. All of the donations will be used to help the needy victims of abuse and neglect.
Donations and gifts for the 357 puppy mill dogs flooded in this week. All of the donations will be used to help the needy victims of abuse and neglect.
Cherokee County Animal Shelter

In Cumming, Ga. where 357 dogs, mostly puppies, were seized on Wednesday from a wooded area off Cumming Highway, are now feeling better and being properly cared for by the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, announced the organization on their Facebook page early Saturday morning.

The generous community has gone all out to help the defenseless puppy mill victims who were found on Tuesday living in cages filled with feces and urine. Joy Wise, the owner of the facility called Heavenly Kennels now faces 264 counts of animal cruelty.

According to, Dr. Michael Good, a Cobb County veterinarian along with television personality and world renown dog trainer, Victoria Stillwell were present at the scene and described the disgusting conditions:

They are suffering physically, but they're also suffering emotionally," stated Stillwell about the conditions.

The dogs were found in an isolated area not visible from the road and were reported to be constantly barking.

The investigation into the conditions of Heavenly Kennels started when a woman from North Carolina purchased a "designer puppy" - a Yorkshire terrier and Chihuahua mix from an advertisement on the Internet. The puppy died a few days later.

One can't even imagine how the puppies were suffering after Dr. Good described the following:

"I saw dogs sleeping in food bowls so they could get off the wire screen. Imagine living your whole life on something like that. It's got to have an effect on your ligaments and your joints."

The owners deny all of the charges and contend they take good care of their puppies.

Meanwhile, the community has stepped forward with donations of money, pet food, and supplies. The Facebook page of the Cherokee County Animal Service rang out with the good news thanking everyone for their help:

Today was Christmas in July at Cherokee County Animal Shelter. The smiling boxes were the first things to be delivered this morning, then a very nice lady arrived with donuts for the staff to munch on. Next, as we opened, people started coming in with checkbooks opened and formed a line for monetary donations. The lobby started filling up and didn't stop!!

And that wasn't all; then came the deliveries:

The Fed EX and UPS man each made stops with boxes upon boxes of items off the Amazon wish list.
Petsmart employees came with 75 pet beds and toys for the pups donated by Petsmart Charities and the Canton Marketplace store and then stayed to groom for us. THANK YOU Petsmart!"

Donations can also be made on each page of the Cherokee County Animal Shelter website: via our Paypal link.

The dogs and puppies, mostly small breeds like Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus, Poodles, and Yorkshire terriers are not available for adoption yet, but if interested people are encouraged to follow the Facebook page for future announcements. In the meantime, please don't forget about all of the animals currently at the shelter, who are available for adoption and would love to become part of a family.

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