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Virginia puppy mill bust yields 134 dogs seized by Page County Sheriff's Office

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Called "Operation Liberty Dogs," 134 dogs and four parrots were rescued on Thursday by the Page County Sheriff's Office, Page County Animal Control and the Washington, D.C. organization, Animal Rescue Corps (ARC).

The dogs were mostly small breeds ranging from puppies to adult dogs; the adult dogs sadly were in the worst condition.

According to ARC president, Scotlund Haisley, the adult dogs and puppies were suffering from untreated eye infections, broken bones, respiratory conditions and had been living in urine and feces filled cages typical of large scale puppy mill breeding operations. The parrots were living in dirty cages and exposed to high levels of ammonia odors.

“Animals have been suffering from various untreated illnesses on this property for an extended period of time. The conditions were very typical of a puppy mill where animals are treated as nothing more than breeding machines...

It is a great privilege to be in a position to reach into that cage, look into that animal's eye who knows nothing but pain and suffering and promise their suffering has ended today," stated Haisley."

The animals have all been transported to an emergency shelter where they are receiving veterinarian care, grooming, and daily care. If the animals are awarded to ARC, the dogs and parrots will be then be placed with various animal rescue organizations and be eligible for adoption.

"Also contributing essential equipment, supplies, and other support for this rescue are: PetSmart Charities®; Page County Animal Shelter of Stanley, VA; Mutts Matter Rescue of Rockville, MD; Harrisonburg Animal Control of Harrisonburg, VA; Middleburg Humane Foundation of Middleburg, VA; Humane Society of Calvert County in Sunderland, MD; and Dogs XL Rescue of Baltimore, MD."

According to ARC's Facebook page, the expenses of Operation Liberty Dogs continue as these extremely neglected dogs and exotic birds medical and care expenses escalate. If you would like to help, please click here for more information.

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