July 20, 2012
The HSUS Assists in Rescue of Nearly 200 Chihuahuas from Columbia County Property
The Humane Society of the United States assisted Pennsylvania authorities with the rescue of 185 Chihuahuas and two hound dogs from unsanitary conditions at an unlicensed kennel in Benton, Columbia County. Dogs were found with serious eye, skin and dental health issues. Numerous dogs were found dead.
Responding to tips from the public, the Pennsylvania Department of Dog Law, in cooperation with Pennsylvania State Police, served a search and seizure warrant at the home of Albert and Thomas Ambrosia on Thursday. The HSUS, along with other groups, helped arrange transport and emergency sheltering at an area farm show complex as well as placement of the dogs into 14 shelters throughout central Pennsylvania. The dogs were examined by a team of veterinarians and treated for any medical conditions.
“The Humane Society of the United States applauds authorities for rescuing these dogs from their terrible living conditions. Pennsylvania is one of the top puppy-producing states in the nation, and this shows the need for tough enforcement of existing laws to prevent cruelty to animals,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS. “We hope this is only the beginning of the Department’s efforts to crack down on people keeping animals in inhumane conditions.”
Other groups involved in the rescue were Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team and three of its teams for Columbia, Dauphin and Perry counties. Cruelty charges against the dogs’ owners are pending. Owners will face additional citations under the Department of Dog Law. Anyone who suspects a puppy mill, or large-scale, inhumane commercial breeding facility to be operating can call The HSUS’ toll-free tip at line 1-877- MILL-TIP.
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