MERRIFIELD, Va. (AP) - Dozens of puppies and dogs seized from a puppy mill in Page County are getting free medical care.
Caring Hands Animal Support and Education, or CHASE, says the Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Merrifield was treating nearly 100 canines on Tuesday.
CHASE says in a news release that the dogs and puppies are among 132 seized from a breeding facility at a home last week by the Page County Sheriff's Office. Four parrots also were taken.
CHASE says the dogs had untreated eye infections, respiratory conditions, severe matting and dental issues. The parrots were in dirty cages and didn't have access to adequate water.
The owner surrendered the canines to the Animal Rescue Corps. The group will place the dogs and puppies into new homes.
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Animal Rescue Corps Press Release:
Merrifield, VA – Caring Hands Animal Support and Education (CHASE), the non-profit organization formed by the founders of the Caring Hands Animal Hospital (CHAH) is assisting Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) by providing free medical care for nearly 100 dogs rescued by ARC from a Page County, VA puppy mill on July 3rd. ARC placement partners from the surrounding area will be picking up a number of the dogs from the hospital today and will be responsible for placing them into loving homes.
“We are delighted to be able to provide the desperately needed medical care that these dogs have lacked,” said Dr. Carole Richards D.V.M of the Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Merrifield. “We have a state of the art hospital and can quickly address the wide range of injuries and medical conditions that these poor dogs have been suffering with for a long time.”
On July 3rd, in a rescue dubbed “Operation Liberty Dogs”, ARC assisted the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control in the rescue of 132 dogs and four parrots found living in extremely neglectful conditions at a breeding facility at a home in Page County, VA, about two hours west of Washington, D.C. All of the animals were seized by the Page County Sheriff’s Office and subsequently surrendered to ARC by the owner of the puppy mill.
Adult dogs as well as newborn litters of puppies of a variety of small breeds were found crowded into small, crates and pens the conditions were deemed deplorable by the Virginia State Veterinarian. Several dogs did not have access to clean water or adequate shelter in high temperatures. The dogs were suffering from untreated, painful eye infections, respiratory conditions, dental issues, severe matting that limited their mobility and vision, and urine-soaked fur. The parrots were living in extremely dirty cages, exposed to high levels of ammonia and without access to adequate water.
“CHASE has been offering our low cost and sometimes free services for three years now. By working with other non-profits we can make a real impact to end the suffering of homeless animals.” Said Dr. Jeff Newman D.V.M., of the Caring Hands Animal Hospital and President of C.H.A.S.E. “I feel that this is just the beginning of a great partnership with ARC and together we can make a lasting impact in communities without resources.”
This case began when ARC received a tip concerning the alleged neglect of the dogs. Documentation brought by ARC to the Page County Sheriff’s Office revealed several violations of county and state cruelty codes. ARC safely removed the animals from the property and transported them to an emergency shelter set up by ARC for this rescue.
Dr. Carol Richards D.V.M and ARC’s President, Scotlund Haisley will be available for interviews at the Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Merrifield, located in the Yorktowne Shopping Center, 8100B Arlington Blvd., Falls Church VA 22042 from 11 am to 6 pm today.
Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation Liberty Dogs in conjunction with Page County Animal Control and the Page County Sheriff’s Office. American Dog Rescue provided critical financial resources. Also contributing essential equipment, supplies, and other support for this rescue are: PetSmart Charities®; Herndon Animal Medical Center, Page County Animal Shelter of Stanley, VA; SPCA of Northern Virginia, Mutts Matter Rescue of Rockville, MD; Harrisonburg Animal Control of Harrisonburg, VA; Middleburg Humane Foundation of Middleburg, VA; Humane Society of Calvert County in Sunderland, MD; and Dogs XL Rescue of Baltimore, MD.
For more information about puppy mills and Animal Rescue Corps, please visit www.animalrescuecorps.org.
Related Link: ARC's Facebook photos from Operation Liberty Dogs