Two Georgia women, a mom and her adult daughter, have been arrested and charged with multiple animal abuse charges after over 40 dogs were found in a home turned alleged puppy mill covered in feces and living in horrific conditions.
Investigators were tipped off about the home and 44 Maltipoos were found on the Monroe County property during a subsequent welfare check, according to the Atlanta Humane Society. The rescue center said they have taken all surviving dogs from the home, “many of which will need extensive medical care and long-term foster care before they are ready for adoption.”
One of the 44 dogs was found dead, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Seven of them are missing their bottom jaws as a result of badly neglected dental care. Others reportedly have skin and eye issues.
They were covered in feces and urine, their hair was matted and some had lost their lower jaws,” Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman told Fox 5 in Atlanta.
Investigators said the home had “deplorable conditions,” according to the AJC.
One of the owners abandoned the home about a year ago, Freeman said.
“No one was living at the house. She was periodically coming and checking on the dogs,” he told the outlet, referencing one of the women arrested. “Obviously because at some point they had had food and water.”
Brandi Louis Marzka and her daughter Lynda Susan Cummings were arrested Monday and each face 36 counts of animal neglect.
It appears both are out on bond. It’s not clear if either have attorneys to represent them.
“When will the cruelty stop?” the Atlanta Humane Society asked in a Facebook post asking for donations, adding “Soon these neglected dogs will know love.”
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