Animal Control Officers in Pierce County seized a total of 36 dogs on a single property Wednesday morning.
As part of an ongoing investigation into reports of animal cruelty and an illegal kennel operation on the property, animal control officers served a search warrant recovering multiple dogs being used for breeding and selling.
Out of the 36 dogs, 15 were puppies under the age of 12 weeks. All dogs received a cursory examination by veterinarians who performed detailed blood work and X-rays on the dogs over the next several days to address concerns of bloody stools and parasites, as well as scar-like marks which could be from puncture wounds or pellets, according to officers.
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The house in question on the 9000 block of Portland Avenue E in the Midland area had received a similar warrant last December for animal cruelty and animal fighting where a large number of dogs were seized by animal control and the property owner was arrested.
Earlier this week, officers were tipped that a large number of dogs were being kept on the property. The tip made allegations that the property owner was shooting the dogs with a pellet gun, and contained footage of the property, dogs, and the alleged abuse.