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UPDATE: Puppy Mill Raided in Wicomico County, More than 300 Puppies Seized
Updated: Apr 12, 2016 3:24 PM
By Abbey Smith
(EDEN, Md.)- Authorities from the Humane Society of Wicomico County, with the assistance of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, raided a suspected puppy mill, removing more than 300 puppies from a home in Eden, Md.

Animal officials describe the scene as "unsatisfactory conditions" in a press release Monday afternoon.

The home along Cooper Road was raided Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Animal control officers received a tip of a reported large number of dogs, and conducted a kennel check. That's when they made the gruesome discovery.

Tuesday, emotions continue to run high as neighbors bring in donations to the Humane Society of Wicomico County.

"It was very upsetting to see so many animals mistreated," said Barbara Straight of Milford. "God made these animals and they weren't put on this Earth to be treated like that."

"I cried, you know, I just could not imagine anyone being so horrible to something so small and defenseless," said Marjorie Fisher of Millsboro.

Many are still left wondering "why?" It's one of many questions WRDE asks Humane Society of Wicomico County Executive Director Aaron Balsamo Tuesday, but he refuses to comment.

Balsamo says donations are much needed as the puppies are nursed back to health. But Mary Henderson of Salisbury says donations are not enough to make up for what's been done. She wants justice.

"You have to have a sick mind to have so many animals like that and to neglect them the way they did, it's just a sick individual," said Henderson. "And maybe they need mental help, I don't know, but then be prosecuted."

Lt. Tim Robinson, of Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, told WRDE 200 dogs were found inside a barn, while another were found inside the home.

Lt. Robinson said crews were working from 10 a.m. to midnight to remove the dogs. WRDE is told most of the rescued dogs were Pomeranians, and are not in good condition.

An online crowdsourcing, donation page has been set up for the Humane Society, as they work to care for the more than 300 dogs.

No charges have been filed yet, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.


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