August 19, 2009
Puppy Mill Dogs, Cats Turned Over to The HSUS
550 animals rescued from horrendous conditions, never to return
A Texas judge has awarded ownership of all approximately 550 animals rescued during a Kaufman County puppy mill raid to The Humane Society of the United States.
"The judge's decision to grant custody of these approximately 550 animals to The Humane Society of the United States is truly a victory against the cruel puppy mill industry and the beginning of a whole new life for these dogs and cats," said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services for The HSUS.
"This is also a victory for the community, who has come out in droves to assist these animals, and have made it clear that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Kaufman County."
This disposition hearing began Friday, August 13 and was presided over by Judge Johnny Perry. Haisley testified at the hearing, describing the poor living conditions found at the mill and the physical condition of the rescued animals. The animals, who were rescued from horrendous conditions at Klassic Kennels, also known as Peggy's Perfect Pets, have been resting comfortably at the emergency shelter. Dozens of volunteers from The HSUS, United Animal Nations and local groups came together to care for these neglected animals.
The HSUS is now working with humane societies and rescue groups in several states to place the animals. These groups will begin transporting the dogs and cats to their new temporary homes as early as Tuesday morning. Once there the animals will be evaluated and placed for adoption. A list of the shelters and rescue groups that have taken in the animals for adoption will be posted soon at humanesociety.org.