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Seized Samoyeds not up for adoption yet Worth County puppy mill remains under investigation

Worth County sheriff’s officials, working with a team from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, rescued about 160 dogs Monday from a puppy mill they said had neglected the animals. These two dogs, and all the other seized, were being cared for and examined by the ASPCA while the investigation continues. (Photo supplied by ASPCA)
Worth County sheriff’s officials, working with a team from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, rescued about 160 dogs Monday from a puppy mill they said had neglected the animals. These two dogs, and all the other seized, were being cared for and examined by the ASPCA while the investigation continues. (Photo supplied by ASPCA)
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Those looking to adopt one of the Samoyed dogs seized Monday from a breeder in Worth County will have to wait for a verdict on where the dogs will end up.

“We received many inquiries from people expressing interest in adopting these animals and we ask for their patience as these animals are considered evidence in an active case,” said Worth County Sheriff Dan Fank in a statement. “Charges are still pending, and we will provide an update as we continue our investigation.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which assisted sheriff’s officials when they executed a search warrant Monday morning on the rural Worth County operation, is providing daily care and shelter to the roughly 160 animals that were seized.

According to a news release, over the next few days ASPCA veterinary and behavior experts will conduct medical exams to assess each animal, as well as implement behavior enrichment protocols such as providing socialization, treats and toys.

“Our priority is to get these animals much-needed medical care and treatment and continue to support the Worth County Sheriff’s Office with their case,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA field investigations and response in a statement. “We appreciate the overwhelming support from the public and plan to help the Sheriff’s Office seek suitable placement options once disposition is determined and give animal lovers an opportunity to give these animals loving homes.”

The investigation was set into motion by the Sheriff’s Office several months ago when local animal welfare groups became aware of the breeder’s inability to properly care for the animals and alerted authorities to investigate.

Officials said the dogs were in “appalling” conditions that included crowding and a lack of adequate food, water and veterinary care.

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