Earlier this month, News Alert reported that the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team was on the ground in Rowan County, Kentucky, caring for more than 100 dogs rescued from a puppy mill. Soon after, the owner of those dogs, Patricia Blevins, was arrested. She now faces a whopping 46 counts of animal cruelty.
Blevins, 58, was arrested on October 19 and spent a night in jail before being released on bail. She is charged with 46 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and one count of kennel mismanagement related to keeping more than 100 dogs in overcrowded conditions outside her mobile home in Morehead.
“The ASPCA commends the Rowan County Attorney’s Office for taking swift action in pursuing this case,” says Kyle Held, ASPCA Midwest Director of Field Investigations and Response. “We’re pleased that they’re treating the issue of puppy mills with the seriousness it deserves.”
This isn’t Blevins’ first time in court for animal cruelty; she was reportedly charged with the crime in 2004, but the charges against her were dropped when her husband was convicted.
Says Held: “We hope that justice is served so the dogs can move on toward a better life soon.”
Because the dogs are part of an ongoing criminal investigation, they are not yet available for adoption, but they are already worlds away from the unsanitary and claustrophobic conditions they lived in before their rescue. Today, they are being cared for by ASPCA responders and volunteers from Red Rover and other organizations, receiving veterinary care, treats, toys and loads of human kindness.
Last week, to help make room for the puppy mill victims, the ASPCA transported 27 dogs from the Rowan County Humane Society to Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio, and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.
Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for more on this developing case. To find out how you can fight puppy mills, please visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com.
Courtesy of ASPCA.
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