The Humane Society of the United States and Jones County, North Carolina busted a supposed puppy mill on Wednesday — and New York’s own Georgina Bloomberg and Amanda Hearst were on the scene to help.
The shakedown saved at least 80 puppies and maybe one pregnant calico cat from unsanitary living conditions, the Humane Society announced.
Cops and animal welfare officials present say the animals were left in their own filth and weren’t allowed to socialize with each other, as required by law.
Authorities say the animals didn’t get adequate water or veterinary care, either.
The socialites worked with veterinarians “to examine, catalog and treat” the Chihuahuas, French Bulldogs, Dachshunds, and Pomeranians.
The Humane Society says that the scene, located in a rural part of the state, featured fetid conditions, as the animals were:
“living crowded in small wire enclosures amongst their own feces. Many of the dogs were severely matted, appeared malnourished and were suffering from a variety of medical issues. The property owner was selling puppies to unsuspecting consumers through local newspaper advertisements.”
Apparently, Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s daughter and the publishing heiress were quite helpful, with the Humane Society team telling City and State: “They were really great to work with.”
City and State is reporting a total of 88 rescued dogs and also a pregnant calico cat. The Humane Society is checking to confirm the exact number of saved animals and whether a feline was present.
This isn’t the first time that Hearst has advocated on behalf of animal rights and welfare. She started her own anti-puppy mill non-profit, Friends of Finn, after she found out that her own dog came from shady breeders.
Sadly, it turns out that the Empire State’s connection to bad breeders isn’t altogether that uncommon. A Humane Society investigation in November linked over 100 high-end New York dog shops with Midwest puppy mills.
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