Tip leads to freedom for mistreated Worth County dogs

Fully grown dogs as well as puppies were taken from the scene. / Courtney Highfield

A puppy mill has surrendered their dogs after Best Friends Humane Society received an anonymous tip about barking dogs Thursday morning.

Best Friends Humane Society along with the Worth County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Department of Agriculture responded to the call on the Dykes Road home.

When officials went inside the trailer, they say that kennels containing dogs were stacked atop one another and covered in feces. Rats and roaches were inside the trailer and on the animals.

Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby says that the animals were malnourished and being mistreated.

The owner has surrendered all of the animals to the custody of Best Friends Humane Society. reports that 53 puppies and dogs were removed from the property. Humane Society representatives say that seven Jack Russell Terrier puppies had to be euthanized due to their poor health.

Hobby said that this is the first time he's seen anything like a puppy mill. He adds that the owner said at first he was selling the animals to pet stores in Albany but later said that he was giving them away to families. Hobby also says that warrants are being sought for the owner's arrest. Hobby believes that it is important to close puppy mills like this because no one should inhumanely treat animals like this.

Representatives for the organization say that the recovered dogs are in poor health and might not make it through the night but are in the process of cleaning the dogs.

They add that at this time they need volunteers to help feed and bathe the animals. Best Friends Humane Society can be reached at 229-777-7774.

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