Prosecutors in Licking County have been reviewing evidence of what humane agents are calling a suspected backyard puppy mill that was busted Tuesday.
The owner agreed to surrender more than 40 dogs to authorities during a search warrant of her property in the 9600 block of Stradley Road. The dogs are being cared for at the Licking County Humane Society where volunteers have been working feverishly to help the sick animals.
Dr. Johanna Reen practices at the Granville Veterinary Clinic and says she couldn't help but volunteer her time to evaluate the animals’ medical conditions.
"Lots of these dogs have intestinal parasites, and we'll be doing further fecal testing for that," said Reen.
She says all of the dogs are also infested with fleas and that some are even matted beyond bathing.
The executive director of the humane society says community members have donated hundreds of pounds of dog food.
"I was concerned yesterday because we basically doubled the number of animals we were serving yesterday so the fact that the community is really stepping up to the plate is really going to make all the difference for us," said Lori Carlson.
All of the animals are expected to recover and will be available for adoption in the coming months. The former owner is facing a host of charges including animal neglect.