92 dogs abandoned along country roads in Denton County, Texas over two nights
POSTED: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 9:57am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The Humane Society of North Texas is offering a $500 reward for information on who dumped 92 dogs along country roads in Denton County Monday and Tuesday nights.
Police in Flower Mound found 51 Maltese mixed-breed dogs late Monday night along a country road near Highway 377 and Stonecrest Road.
Then, late Tuesday night, 41 dogs -- mostly Cavalier King spaniels -- were found along a rural road near Sanger.
The Humane Society believes both cases are related, probably the operators of a puppy mill who no longer want to breed the animals under a strict new state law.
"Unfortunately, there are a few of these really bad breeders who know they're not going to pass inspections and are trying to get out of the business fast," said Peggy Brown, coordinator of community outreach and education for the Humane Society.
The dogs rescued in Flower Mound are being housed in that city's animal shelter.
All of the animals are filthy and may have lived under horrible conditions.
"Unfortunately, with a lot of these puppy mill dogs, their feet may have never touched the ground," Brown said. "They could have spent their whole lives in cages."
Volunteers will bathe the animals in the next few days before putting them up for adoption.
"It's really heartbreaking," Brown said. "Hopefully, we can change their lot in life and give them a better future than their past has been."