Humane agents seized 105 dogs, mostly Yorkie and pit bull puppies, from a Mahoning County breeder on Friday.
A Pennsylvania woman who bought a puppy from Winning in Blue Yorkies filed a complaint after receiving an ill puppy. Her vet confirmed the puppy had a yeast infection and earmites. The woman was told she could bring the dog back, but instead of receiving a refund, she would get another puppy. The new puppy was just as ill as the first one.
But it was not the first time humane agents received complaints about sick animals living in poor conditions at the alleged puppy mill Winning in Blue Yorkies, located in Smith Township. While the photos of animals on breeder’s sites always look adorable, the way the dogs actually live, and the care they receive when out of sight of the public eye, may be another story.
Humane agent Kim Woodburn of Animal Charity verified that when she said "Horrible conditions inside the kennels. There's feces everywhere, urine stains on newspapers, walls and everything."
One of the dogs, a Doberman Pincher, was found with bleeding and swollen paws which had been untreated.
Owner Terri Wylie has been visited by humane agents before. Agents believe the only time she cleans and grooms the animals, and takes them out of their kennel in the barn and into her house, is to clean them up for prospective buyers. Buyers are not allowed in the barn.
Wylie faces numerous counts of animal cruelty. She has a court date scheduled for January 30th.
The removal of the animals was the largest seizure in Mahoning County history. Animal Charity of Ohio, the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office, the Columbiana County Humane Society and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the investigation.
Animal Charity can use donations of food, blankets, towels, bleach or monetary donations. Fosters are also needed for the dogs which have gone to various local kennels. If able to help, contact Animal Charity in Boardman, Ohio by calling them at (330) 788-1064.
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