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Dogs rescued from Hot Springs 'puppy mill'

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published November 7, 2011 at 8:21 a.m. Updated November 7, 2011 at 3:12 p.m.

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Hot Springs resident Pam Thomas, 59, was charged Monday for three counts of animal cruelty when the Garland County deputies arrested her for operating a "puppy mill."

— An agency that advocates for preventing animal abuse says it is helping remove more than 100 dogs Monday from a purported puppy mill outside Hot Springs.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is evacuating the dogs to an emergency shelter and collecting evidence from the puppy mill, 210 Barber Shop Trail. It described the business as a "substandard commercial breeding facility."

The group said it was acting at the request of the Garland County Sheriff's Department and in cooperation with International Fund for Animal Welfare, PetSmart Charities and the Garland County Humane Society.

The owner of the facility, Pam Thomas, was arrested Monday on charges of felony animal cruelty, Lt. James Martin said.

The investigation has reportedly been ongoing since 2009. ASCPCA said the dogs, which included chihuahuas, Boston terriers and dachsunds, lived in feces-encrusted pens and showed signs of neglect, such as skin problems, flea infestation and other medical issues.

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DBB says... November 7, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.

This owner could care less about the welfare and health of the animals. She is out to make that almighty dollar at the expense of their health and well being .......

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twinkletoes53 says... November 7, 2011 at 10:42 a.m.

I am furious! Is this a felony? I hope so. I hope they throw the book at them. Then throw them into jail.
I adopted a 5 1/2 year old Lhasa Apso from the Pine Bluff "Puppy Mill" rescue three years ago. When I think about how she spent the first years of her life, I feel sick. These breeders are in it for the almighty $$$. My dog is bow-legged, cross-eyed, missing most of her teeth, and after 3 years of love and patience, she is still terrified of much of the world. It makes me so sad, seeing how hard she tries to trust people, and learn that not everyone is here to hurt her.

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timmyrose says... November 11, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.

WHY DID IT TAKE TWO YEARS!!!!!!

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