In dark, filthy sheds in Madison County, Arkansas, 295 dogs of varying breeds lived with injuries, a lack of food and water and in grime you won’t even believe when you see it. Until March 3, that is, when 40 people from The Humane Society of the United States were called in to rescue them.
The homeowner, Joyce Johnson, was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and has been released without bond. According to a report from ABC6, multiple neighbors have called authorities regarding this property in the past. In fact, the Humane Society had received a tip about this address in December, but was unable to make the bust until now.
Unfortunately, there’s not much to stop people like Johnson from undertaking such deplorable breeding practices in Arkansas due to the lack of laws against commercial breeding. Humane Society Coordinator Amanda Gossum said in an interview reported by ABC6:
A puppy mill is what’s considered a commercial breeding facility where dogs are bred constantly to maximize profit and often times the welfare and care of the dogs is kind of pushed aside in order to maximize profits.
According to Jessica Lauginiger of the Humane Society, Johnson has been selling the dogs on a website online and at a flea market in Texas. Thankfully, these pooches were freed from such a shady fate and are being taken care of in a temporary shelter where they are receiving medical treatment.