DIBBLE, Okla. — the McClain County Sheriff’s Office got a tip Thursday about a possible puppy mill in Dibble. When they checked on things they were extremely upset with what they found. More than 30 dogs were locked in a pen and a small barn with no food or water.
Deputies ended up removing the windows and adding chicken wire to the barn for ventilation until they could get a warrant to save the dogs.
Friday morning the rescue operation went into effect.
Christy Counts with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society says, “We just got called to assist in this situation where these dogs, these puppies, have just been living in deplorable conditions. It’s pretty shocking. That’s a lot of dogs living in that shed. they were starving when people got on sight. very hungry. A lot of puppies were really scared. This was just a bad state of affairs.”
McClain County Lieutenant James Harryman says, “It makes you sick to your stomach to think that somebody would do this to some puppies or animals that don’t have a chance to protect themselves.”
Investigators believe the owner of these dogs moved her breeding operation to Dibble after she got in trouble for the same thing in another county.
They believe she’s been posting pictures of the puppies and selling them online.
Investigators say the poor pups were left alone for a month and a half.
Witnesses say the owner only visited on weekends to feed them.
She allegedly left them locked up the rest of the time inside the barn which was covered in feces.
She will likely face a charge for running a puppy mill as well as a charge of animal cruelty for each dog found on the property but so far charges have not been filed.
Counts says, “It’s really unfortunate it’s gotten to this mess but we’re really excited the dogs are going to be happy and in warm places tonight.”
The puppies and their parents are now evidence in the case.
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society will be caring for them.
Counts says they are not available for adoption.
That may change in the future as the case unfolds.