Raid on dog farm
- 'Undercover' buy spurs raid on dog farm
By JUDY DAVIS Courier & Press staff writer 464-7593 or jdavis@...
November 29, 2002
CHRISNEY, Ind. - A tip from a dismayed puppy purchaser brought swift action from Spencer County Humane Society members this week.
"The lady purchased a dachshund puppy," said Jeaneda Middleton, a society board member.
"The puppy was passing blood. She found out it had hookworms, tapeworms and sarcoptic mange.
"She said she paid $275 for the puppy and thought it should have been in better condition."
Middleton thought so, too.
Another humane society member went undercover to check out the breeder's operation.
"She actually bought a dachshund, the runt of the litter," said Middleton. "He is a little, tiny black dog, just darling.
"She was crying when she came back."
The tears were for 20 little dogs housed in open wire cages inside an unheated metal shed.
"These are house dogs," said Middleton. "Chihuahuas, Pomer-anians and dachshunds. They were shivering with cold and had no bedding in their cages."
To make matters worse, Middleton said, some of the open-wire cages were stacked, with animal waste from the top cages falling onto the dogs in the lower cages.
"There was feces all over everything," said Middleton. "Only one pen had water in it, and that was in an old coffee cup."
The operative's report sparked a raid on the dog-breeding operation of Bob and Karen Hilborn by Middleton, the undercover agent and sheriff's Deputy Ed Masterson.
"We raided a puppy mill!" Middleton said. "It's the first time we've ever done anything like that.
"It was filthy. The stench would knock you out. We took 20 adults and puppies out of there."
The dogs were placed in humane society crates, each crate was wrapped to keep out the cold air and the dogs were taken away for medical evaluation and safekeeping.
"He (Hilborn) told us he didn't have a kennel license," said Middleton. "He didn't have any medical records, no proof of vaccinations."
The animals were impounded in accordance with a county ordinance, which gives the Hilborns six days to reclaim the animals.
If the dogs are not reclaimed, they will become the property of the humane society. If that happens, Middleton said, the dogs would remain impounded until the society was satisfied they had a clean bill of health. Once healthy, the dogs would be placed in foster homes.
Middleton said she hoped the fines and vet fees would be high enough to discourage future puppy mills.
"We hope to send a message that no one can profit from the misery and suffering of animals," she said.
The tiny black puppy purchased during the undercover visit is now dewormed, housed in a baby's play pen and eating up a storm.
"She named him Prince," said Middleton.
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"Live in peace with the animals. Animals bring love to our hearts, and warmth to our souls."
"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Immanuel Kant
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