Dozens of dogs are looking for homes in Lubbock today after being rescued from a facility in Mentone, Texas.
These dogs are from a group of over a hundred who were found at a "puppy mill" about 3 hours outside Lubbock.
Saving Grace Pit Bull Rescue rescued the dogs, saying that the breeders at Murphy's Little Angels had neglected many of the 160 dogs on their property. They brought about 40 Dachshunds back from the facility.
Lauren Kline works for Saving Grace Pit Bull Rescue and Lollipop Farm.
"Conditions there were really bad," Kline said. "There were several dead dogs. At one point there were 160 (dogs). There were 34 left on the property."
But Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper says, "There were no dead dogs. If it had been 3 to 5 more days, there would have been dead dogs."
Kline says the sheriff is ignoring the problem.
"This is a very small town and I think they're just trying to sweep it under the rug. They honestly acted like there was not that big of a problem when we got there," Kline said.
Sheriff Hopper does not agree.
"You tell them to come and talk to me if they want to talk about under the rug," Hopper said.
Kline says Texas is the 10th largest state as far as puppy mills go, but she hopes that some new regulations will help.
"They can only have 11 breeding females and they can only sell 20 dogs per year," Kline says. "When they're inspected they have to have adequate handling and housing of these dogs."
"There's a lot of great dogs and they really need loving homes," Kline said. "They need some extra special attention."
If you'd like to adopt a dog, please contact Lollipop Farm at (806) 746-6875.
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