On January 25, 2019, more than 100 animals were found on a puppy mill in Loogootee, Indiana. Local shelters and animal welfare groups worked together to rescue a total of 72 dogs as well as additional horses and donkeys.
Martin County Humane Society, a nonprofit animal shelter, raided the puppy mill with the help of the Martin County Sheriff’s Department. “This is one of the worst things we have ever seen,” said Courtney Hughett, Board Treasurer of Martin County Humane Society.
The filth inside the puppy mill not only covered the walls and cages, but the animals inside. Some of the dog’s fur was so matted by their own waste that they had to be shaved almost down to their bare skin. Horse hoofs were so severely neglected that the animals were unable to walk. Sadly, many of the animals found inside the puppy mill were deceased.