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Animal Care & Control takes in dogs from out-of-county breeder

September 8, 2018

When Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control took in nine geriatric dogs from a dog breeder, the animals were in terrible shape and one dog had to be put down.  

Now, all the dogs except the chihuahua that was euthanized, will need new, loving homes when all their medical evaluations and diagnostic testing are taken care of.  

Animal Care & Control said it’s seeking donations toward medical expenses incurred to rehabilitate and place the dogs. 

Wednesday, a breeder from a nearby county brought in the dogs that had been living outside and used to breed, Animal Care & Control said. 

All small dogs : West Highland white terriers, pugs, chihuahuas and a Brussels Griffon : had missing teeth, chronic skin conditions, ear issues and mammary tumors, said Holly Pasquinelli, Animal Care & Control community relations and education specialist. 

“When they did blood work, a lot of them had really severe dental issues, (like) a tooth just fell out,” Pasquinelli said Friday. It is difficult to say how much money is needed to address the medical issues, she added.  

Geriatic dogs like the ones that were brought in are eight years old or older, Pasquinelli said. She would not identify the county where the dog breeder had her operations.

Neither Pasquinelli nor Amy Jo Sites, Animal Care & Control director, knew how many dogs the breeder owned. The breeder is now working with the State Board of Animal Health to bring her dog ownership and breeding activities into compliance with the state law, Animal Care & Control said. 

“We see situations like this pretty regularly. What we find is people start out with the best of intentions, but quickly exceed the volume of animals they can provide all the necessary care for,” Sites said in a statement. The dogs were an appropriate weight despite all their medical needs, she added.  

Laws regulating dog breeding operations in the state were passed in 2009. Since 2016, the number of commercial breeders licensed by the USDA in Indiana has grown from 202 to 272, the third highest number of commercial dog breeding facilities, behind Missouri and Ohio. 

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