According to Thursday’s publication of Inforum, an Elmwood, Wisconsin, puppy mill operator is facing 117 criminal charges related to the conditions found at his dog breeding business. The accused man, 68-year-old Stuart Earl West, allegedly used rotting carcasses as the primary food source for the dogs in his care.
West’s charges include intentionally failing to provide food for an animal, improper animal shelter ventilation, and failure to provide proper animal shelter space – all 117 charges are misdemeanors which he has pleaded not guilty to, reported KARE 11 News.
A joint effort between the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the American Humane Society (AHS) and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the seizure of 35 adult dogs and 13 yellow Labrador retriever puppies from West’s property on Friday.
Those involved in the raid described conditions inside of the residence, at on the property, as deplorable. Inside of a barn, 16 dog carcasses were found – one of the deceased dogs appeared to have starved to death. Officials believe that other dogs are buried on the property.
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