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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011

County: Orange

Disposition: Not Charged

Person of Interest: Name Undisclosed

The Central Vermont Humane Society is juggling nearly a dozen new dogs this week after a backyard breeder relinquished custody of his animals.

The Humane Society began its animal welfare investigation back in November. They're not releasing the name of the breeder involved, but said he was licensed to operate in Orange County.

Officials found the dogs had dirty kennels, limited access to food and shelter, and no drinking water.

The breeder will not be charged with a crime because he cooperated with authorities and volunteered to shut down his facility.

"So what we need to have is some sort of inspection system, so we don't have to wait until animals are on death's door to get a search warrant to rescue them. We'd rather work with breeders when we see conditions like this and get them to either improve conditions or get them out of them business," said Joanne Bourbeau of the Humane Society.

Seven of the 11 dogs rescued are being treated for serious illnesses. They're expected to be cleared for adoption within a month.


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