The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford currently has in quarantine 7 puppies from a puppy mill out of South Carolina.

Dec 3, 2015 10:58 AM

2 women arrested, Deering puppy mill shut down after puppies die of Parvovirus

DEERING - Two South Carolina women have been arrested and their business shut down after selling sick puppies to Granite Staters. Some of the puppies died of the highly contagious Parvovirus.

Deering police received complaints in October that a Facebook group known as "The Pawfect Puppy" was transporting puppies to New Hampshire from South Carolina with no paperwork and many of those puppies were getting sick, some even dying.

Police Captain Thomas Cavanaugh and Officer Stephen Bell along with Maureen Prendergast, Director of Outreach & Investigations at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire set up an undercover operation in November to purchase two puppies from the "puppy mill." The officers then had enough evidence to arrest 44-year-old Shawna Boutwell and 43-year-old Dawn Disorda both of Chesnee, South Carolina.

The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is currently caring for seven puppies rescued from the puppy mill. All seven are all expected to survive and will be up for adoption soon.

Prendergast says not all online animal adoptions and transports are illegal but there are warning signs and questions to ask if you are buying your dog from an unknown breeder or shelter.

First, make sure the dog has a health certificate from the state he/she is coming from as well as one from the state the dog was purchased in.

Secondly, dogs coming from out of state, must be quarantined for 48 hours in a licensed facility. Puppies that come right off a transport truck should be a big red flag for potential adopters.

Lastly, look closely at the animal.

Prendergast says when she got a good look at these transport dogs they looked sick.

"They were itching, their bellies were distended, their coat was dull, some of the puppies seemed a little mopey, there was discharge coming from their eyes," she says.

All warning signs.

They were both charged with multiple counts of selling dogs/puppies without a license or health certificates, selling diseased animals, and violation of animal quarantine requirements.

Their arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 30 in Hillsborough District Court.

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