A Montcalm County woman surrendered 100 dogs and puppies on Friday in an alleged puppy mill business, operating from her home after failing numerous times to be approved for a kennel license reported wzzm 13.com.
Renee Suchil, the owner of "Pixie Puppies" gave all of the dogs to Lake Haven Animal Rescue where the puppies and dogs are being fostered and receiving vet care.
According to Montcalm County Animal Control, township zoning regulations only allow three dogs in a home; any more than that the owner of the pets is required to obtain a kennel license which requires a number of specific instructions. After numerous inspections and still not in conformance, Suchil was given the option to surrender all of the dogs or be charged with violations.
On Suchil's website, Pixie Puppies, she states:
"I have cried more tears than you can imagine.
Thank God I had Cheryl from Lake Haven to be there to rescue all my babies so I know they are safe and will be cared for…but the emptiness my family feels is overwhelming! Putting them in the van and saying goodbye was the hardest thing I've ever done:("
Suchil began her business of what she refers to as "hybrid dogs" in 2009 with one dog and the numbers continued to increase. She would breed Pekinese, Shih tzu, Chihuahuas, Maltese, and other small breeds together.
In 2012, Suchil was breeding and selling dogs in neighboring Kent County. After being charged with running an illegal kennel there, she moved to Montcalm County. Animal Control Director Angela Hollingshead stated she had been notified that Suschil had moved and advised the dog owner she was required to have a kennel license.
It has not been announced when the dogs and puppies will be available for adoption.
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