Animal control officers in Jackson County, Georgia seized 300 dogs on February 28 from L&D Farm and Kennel, a commercial breeding facility in the Nicholson area. According to a report in the Athens Banner-Herald, Jennifer Marie Hughes, 34; Brandy Shree Stone, 25; Marie Hughes; and Ronnie Hughes, were each arraigned on five felony and 55 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.
By all accounts, the L&D operation was a "puppy mill," a place where many dogs are held and bred purely for profit. Investigators from the Jackson County Animal Control Department and the state Department of Agriculture - prompted by a former kennel employee's complaint - raided the 23-acre L&D Farm and Kennel on Feb. 21.
With very short notice, several Atlanta rescue groups and shelters, including LifeLine Animal Project, quickly acted to provide housing, love and care to the hundreds of dogs seized in the Jackson County case. As the legal proceedings slowly progress, these rescuers are struggling with the growing financial burden of caring for the dogs, whose ultimate fate has yet to be decided by the courts.
LifeLine Animal Project has set up a special fund to help the dogs seized in the Jackson County case. All donations to the fund will be distributed to the many shelters and rescue groups who are providing care for the dogs until the case is resolved. Click here to help.
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