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Friday, Jan 26, 2007County: Chattooga
Disposition: Not Charged
Case Images: 1 files available
Person of Interest: Donna R. Pegg
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
Animal control officers in Northwest Georgia raided a suspected puppy mill on Jan 26 morning – rescuing dozens of dogs from what they describe as "deplorable" conditions.
The raid happened in Chattooga County. The owner of the property says she'll fight to get back some of those dogs.
The nearly four dozen additions to the Chattooga County Animal Shelter strained the small facility. Animal control officers say they had no choice but to raid the small, rural home – home to too many dogs in a small place.
"The dogs were standing in water and feces, the shelters were deplorable against the wind and rain," explained Joe Johnson with animal control.
The dogs ranged from small Chihuahuas to medium-sized Boxers and a lot of Dachshunds including two mothers with two big sets of puppies.
Animal control officers said it looked like a classic puppy mill.
"I was also called by a lady in Chattanooga that purchased a puppy from her that died and she's the one that alerted me to the puppy mill over there," said Johnson.
"And they said they got a complaint about me selling a Dachshund and I have not sold a Dachshund. I'm licensed through the Department of Agriculture," said Donna Pegg.
Pegg came looking to see when she could get her dogs back – telling Channel 2 she was not running a puppy mill and claiming she had a license to keep her dogs on the property. Animal control says the license was for only 10 dogs, not the more than fifty they found.
"I got the 13 puppies in there with their momma's, they were in her house, her house was despicable with feces all in it, a stench through it," said Johnson.
"Deplorable conditions is where there is poop in every pen, I've got pine bark nuggets in the bottom of my kennels, I've got cedar shavings in every dog house. They've got food and water and I don't know what's going on," said Pegg.
A judge will decide what will happen to the dogs and if Pegg should face any charges.
The Chattooga Animal Shelter is a small shelter and with the added dogs, they say animals they already had will have to be adopted this weekend or they may have to be euthanized next week.
|Thirty three dogs returned to their home on January 29 after animal control took them on Jan 26. Chattooga's Animal Control director Joe Johnson says the house was deplorable when he found the dogs. "Got those 13 puppies in there with the momma, they were in her house, her house was dispicable, with feces all in it, stench all through it." |
That was his description of Donna Pegg's home after they removed fifty five dogs. But today, the story seemed much less severe. When News Channel 9 spoke with him this morning, he said, "The conditions were not favorable to the animals, the shelters weren't like they should have been, at that time there was no food and water and too many animals per cage. The animals were healthy as far as looking at them."
That's what Pegg thought on Friday and didn't understand why these dachshunds, boxers, and chihuahuas were taken from her in the first place.
She said, "Horrible conditions is where there's poop all in the pens, I've got pine bark nuggets in the bottom of my kennels, I've got cedar shavings in every dog house, they had food and water, I don't know what's going on."
News Channel 9 didn't understand either, since most of the dogs were handed back over to Pegg today. Johnson says Pegg made the necessary improvements to the house. He said, "It's a judgement call between myself and the department of agriculture, that the people that really want to go in and straighten up, we let them do that."
Johnson says Aminal Control and the Georgia Department of Agriculture inspected the house this morning and it looked immaculate.
"I know this lady, she loves animals and she will do good from now on. It's bad, but it will be better from now on with her."
Johnson says he is not pressing any charges, just putting Pegg on probation. He says he'll check her house and animals unannounced every so often.
|Source: News Channel 9 - January 29,2007|
Update posted on Feb 15, 2007 - 6:03AM
- WSB-TV - Jan 26, 2007
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