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Misdemeanor charges filed in large puppy mill case

Officials in Jefferson Parish seized 72 dogs during an ongoing investigation of animal cruelty within an alleged puppy mill. The animals were found in two different houses where American bully dogs were being sold. There are six defendants in the case, all facing dozens of misdemeanor charges. Purportedly, the accused sell these puppies from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

According to authorities, there were 48 dogs taken from the first house. Thirty-three of them were breeding females, which is reportedly a federal violation.The animals in the second house were said to be held in horrible conditions with little water or food. Medical care was also improvised, according to the report, with the suspects giving shots, antibiotics and sedatives, and cutting the tails and ears of the puppies.

One man, who was the initial target of the investigation was charged with two counts of keeping exotic animals illegally, 46 counts of animal cruelty, 24 counts of failing to provide a rabies license, one count of failing to adhere to parish breeding regulations for breeders and dealers and 46 counts of failing to adhere to the parish's ordinance against animal cruelty. He is said to be trying to resolve these issues as amicably as possible. The other defendants, who lived in the house as well, were charged with similar crimes.

Anyone in Louisiana who has received misdemeanor charges can contact a criminal lawyer to help respond to the formal accusations in court. The attorney can help an accused understand what is needed in order to present the strongest defense under the circumstances. In some cases, misdemeanor charges may even be dropped, and in others, charges can sometimes be lowered as part of a negotiated plea agreement.

Source: nola.com, "72 dogs seized from suspected 'puppy mills' in Jeff Parish animal cruelty case", Michelle Hunter, July 11, 2107

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