Photos by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Jun 17, 2017 3:03 PM

84 Great Danes rescued from NH puppy mill

NH1.com

WOLFEBORO — Police and The Humane Society rescued 84 Great Danes from a puppy mill in New Hampshire.

According to Wolfboro police, the suspected puppy mill was busted after police obtained a search warrant for the NH residence around 8:30 a.m, on Saturday.

Police report they have had run-ins with the homeowner regarding barking complaints in the past, initiating a full investigation on May, 8.

Responders say upon arrival, the 84 massive Great Danes were found living in hazardous conditions with limited access to food and water. The dogs were reportedly slipping and sliding in their feces while trying to walk. Several of the dogs were found with eyelids so swollen that their entire eye was red.

The heinous smell of ammonia, feces and raw chicken overwhelmed responders.

Chief Dean Rondeau of the Wolfeboro Police Department said: “I’ve never seen conditions this bad in more than 21 years of law enforcement. Words cannot describe the absolute abhorrent conditions these animals were living in. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to The Humane Society of the United States, Conway Area Humane Society and Pope Memorial SPCA, whose expert opinion and counsel was well-received, as well as the other local organizations who assisted at the scene.”

The dogs have since been transported to a temporary emergency animal shelter at an undisclosed location, HSUS officials report.

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