ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team members are in the process of rescuing more than 100 dogs from an Arkansas puppy mill where a search warrant was executed earlier today. ASPCA response team members and veterinary staff are working to evaluate the pups and ready them for transport to a temporary shelter.
FIR Medical Director Dr. Rhonda Windham and her forensics team are also at the site, working to document the condition of the dogs to help law enforcement build a criminal case against the mill’s owner, Pam Thomas. Thomas has been arrested and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty.
During the raid earlier today, the team found more than 100 frightened and unhealthy dogs living in profoundly inhumane conditions at the mill, suffering from severe neglect and various diseases.
“Our goal is to help the local authorities by providing experts and resources to support the case, and see that these animals move on to a better place,” says ASPCA Director of Investigations Kathryn Destreza, who is leading the operation for the ASPCA.
We’ll have more on this developing story soon—stay tuned to the ASPCA blog.