LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — Animal rescue officials in Garrard County are asking for help after rescuing 45 severely neglected dogs from a suspected puppy mill.
Garrard County Animal Shelter Director Earlene Harris told The Advocate-Messenger (http://bit.ly/SLnOoG) that the facility needs contributions of dog food and money to help cover veterinary bills that are expected to cost thousands of dollars.
Harris says animal control officers and sheriff's deputies seized the animals Monday after getting a tip from a concerned resident. Harris said 16 of 20 dogs that were taken to a vet on Monday night needed extensive dental work to heal abscesses and loose teeth.
"It costs about $100 to $150 per dog just to get some basic dental work done," Harris said. "It's hard to estimate how many thousands of dollars we will need to heal these dogs."
The dogs were small breeds, such as Chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers, and will be available for adoption after receiving proper veterinary care.
She said two dogs might have to be euthanized.
"As heartbreaking it is, those two dogs are in such seriously bad shape that it may be more humane to euthanize them," Harris said. "They were literally being bred to death."
Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews