http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6817112.html - 1.15.10 | Issues: Puppy Mills
Chron.com - Houston Chronicle - By DALE LEZON
Police and the Houston SPCA raided a suspected puppy mill in Alvin where they found more than 75 animals, including miniature horses, held in deplorable conditions, officials said.
The animals were recovered from a home in the 1100 block of Davis Bend about 7 p.m. Thursday.
About 75 dogs - including American bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and dachshunds - were found in cages stacked on top of each other in a shed and small trailer in the back yard of the home. Some of them were puppies.
Investigators also found horses, miniature horses and guinea pigs.
A resident at the home told officials she bred the dogs and guinea pigs, but that the horses were her pets, according to authorities.
The animals were living in unsanitary, unhealthy conditions, said Meera Nandlal, a spokeswoman for the Houston SPCA.
Many of the cages were lined with paper that was encrusted with what appeared to be excrement and urine, Nandlal said. Some of the animals did not appear to have clean drinking water.
Nandlal said she saw the remains of two dead puppies on the property.
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